Shandoor polo festival rescheduled, to start on July 22
SPORTS REPORER ISLAMABAD—Three-day famous Shandoor polo festival rescheduled due to Eidul Fitr, now it will be held on July 22 in Chitral at the world highest Polo ground.
The official of Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP) told APP that the schedule for the festival has finalised after consulting the district administration of Chitral.
The festival regularly held each year from July 7 to 9th but this year Eid-ul-Fitr is likely to fall on those dates due to which the schedule was changed.
According to an official of TCKP, now the Shandur Polo Festival will be held from July 22 to 24.
Shandoor Polo Festival is one of the big festivals in Pakistan. The polo which is played between the polo teams of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is experienced as a free-style polo match.
Passion for Polo will be the highest on the world’s highest Polo ground. Every year, Shandur invites visitors to experience a traditional polo tournament between the teams of Chitral and Gilgit.
The festival also includes Folk music, Folk dance, traditional sports and a Camping Villages is be set up on the Pass.
Polo was introduced in South Asia, by the Muslim conquerors in the 13th century. English word ‘Polo” is in fact a Balti word meaning, “ball”.
In ancient times, there was no limit to the number of players and no time limit. Which team scored nine goals first, became the winner.
Today, there are six players to each side, but this is by no means a rule in local polo games. The game lasts for one hour with a ten-minute break.
Chitral, Gilgit and Skardu have always played the game of polo closest to its original form. impressive Draxler then completed the scoring just after the hour mark.
There was never any threat of a repeat of Slovakia’s 3-1 win when the teams met in a friendly just four weeks ago and Germany move on to a last-eight tie against either reigning champions Spain or old rivals Italy next weekend.
“I hit the ball well and am glad it went in. It was also about time,” defender Boateng told ZDF of his goal as he admitted that Germany never gave Slovakia a look in.
“We wanted to make sure at all costs that they didn’t get into the game, pressed us or put pressure on us out wide.”
Loew had been unhappy with his team’s finishing during the group stage and he opted to drop the underperforming Mario Goetze as Draxler, of Wolfsburg, started in the only change from their 1-0 win against Northern Ireland.
Slovakia have a recent history of pulling off surprise results, from their defeat of Spain in qualifying to the recent friendly victory in Germany and the goalless draw with England that saw them progress from the group stage.
But their hopes of another day to remember the bottom-left corner with the aid of a small deflection off the unfortunate Skriniar.
Slovakia were overwhelmed and they conceded a penalty in the 13th minute when skipper Martin Skrtel grappled with Gomez as the two went for a high ball in the box.
Skrtel was booked for his intervention, but Slovakia were let off the hook as Ozil’s kick was well saved by Kozacik diving to his left.
Excluding shoot-outs, it was the first penalty missed by a German player in a European Championship finals match.
The miss did nothing to halt Germany’s momentum, though, and it remained one-way traffic after that with Ozil fizzing a half-volley inches past as the ball dropped after Gomez and Jan Durica had gone up to contest another cross into the area.
Draxler shot wide on the turn from 18 yards before Jan Kozak’s side finally worked Manuel Neuer four minutes prior to the break.
Peter Pekarik’s cross from the right found AC Milan midfielder Juraj Kucka six yards from goal but his header was tipped over the bar by the Germany captain.—AFP
Slovakia’s Matus Kozacik saves from Germany’s Toni Kroos during Euro 2016 Round of 16 soccer match at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille in France.