Source of Pride

Southasia - - Editor's Mail -

Your story on the Shan­dur Polo ground in Pak­istan, the world’s high­est polo ground, was very in­ter­est­ing. Hav­ing trav­elled ex­ten­sively in the north­ern re­gions of Pak­istan I have had the chance to visit the area and in­ter­act with the peo­ple there. Shan­dur is a source of pride for Pak­istan and draws in­ter­na­tional tourists and avid polo play­ers ev­ery year as part of the tour­na­ment. While the rest of the world raves about Pak­istan’s nat­u­ral beauty, it is a shame that our own government be­lit­tles it and fails to pre­serve not only Pak­istan’s nat­u­ral ge­og­ra­phy but also its rich, cul­tural tra­di­tions. In­ter­na­tional polo matches fea­ture play­ers from ur­ban Pak­istani cen­ters while those who play the sport in Shan­dur with nat­u­ral pas­sion, vigor and en­thu­si­asm, un­der­stand­ing the real rules of the game, are left in the dark. Polo, also called the “Sport of the Kings,” is a very pres­ti­gious and com­pet­i­tive sport played on horse­back, which re­quires rig­or­ous train­ing and com­mit­ment. In­stead of pro­mot­ing the game, the an­nual tour­na­ment and Shan­dur, Pak­istan chooses in­stead to re­main mum about it. Few Pak­ista­nis are aware of the sport or the area. The Shan­dur Polo Tour­na­ment is a mat­ter of pride for Pak­istan and must be el­e­vated to that stature rather than be di­min­ished in the eyes of its peo­ple.

Sam­ina Khan Is­lam­abad, Pak­istan

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