Shan­door polo fes­ti­val resched­uled, to start on July 22

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

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.

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