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23rd Jodhpur Polo Season: Blue City gears up for its annual polo fiesta from December 6

23rd Jodhpur Polo Season: Blue City gears up for its annual polo fiesta from December 6

23rd Jodhpur Polo Season: Blue City gears up for its annual polo fiesta from December 6
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By CNBCTV18.com Nov 24, 2022 3:09 PM IST (Published)

An integral part of the heritage and legacy of the city, Jodhpur has been the home ground for polo since the 19th century. It was Jodhpur from where the British Cavalry picked up this Sport of Kings, turned it into its modern form, and took it to all corners of the British Empire. Jodhpur and Polo have shared a special bond, and as the winter season approaches, the Blue City and its Royalty come together to form a one-of-a-kind festival.

The Jodhpur Polo and the Equestrian Institute are all set to host a four-week long annual Polo season from December 6 till December 31, 2022. This is the 23rd Jodhpur Polo season and will be played at the Maharaja Gaj Singh Sports Foundation Polo Ground, Air Force Road, Pabupura. This year’s event will see 4 tournaments and 9 one-day demonstration matches. The chief guest of the event will be Maharaja Gaj Singh, the Maharaja of Jodhpur.

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  • Honorary Secretary of Jodhpur Polo and Equestrian Institute, Jodhpur, KR Jangjeet Singh shared the details the tournaments.
  • The Umaid Bhawan Palace Cup Polo will be a 4 goals match to be held from December 6 to December 8.
  • The HH Maharaja of Jodhpur Cup, an 8 goals match, will be running from December 14 to December 18.
  • The Rajputana and Central India Cup and the Maharaja of Jodhpur Golden Jubilee Cup are both 10-goal matches, to be held from December 19 to December 24, and December 27 to December 31, respectively.
  • A total of eight one-day exhibition matches will also be played in the season, which is as follows:
    • The British Army vs Jodhpur Eagles, and Mayo vs Eton match — December 9 & 10, respectively
    • The HH Maharaja Hanwant Singh Cycle Polo Exhibition match on December 9
    • The Mathura Das Mathur Memorial Polo Cup on December 11
    • The Maj Th Sardar Singh Jasol Memorial Cup, presented by Th Jaswant Singhji Jasol, on December 12
    • The Army Commander’s Cup, presented by Army Commander, Southern Command, on December 23
    • The Abu Seir Cup, presented by Farouk Younes, FIP Ambassador of Egypt, on December 30
    • The Hermes Cup, presented by Patrick Guerrand Hermes, Ex-President, Federation, on December 24
    • The Bhanwar Baiji Lal Vaara Rajye Polo Cup, presented by HH Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Jodhpur-Marwar, on December 26
    • The Indian Air Force Longewala Polo Cup & Air Show, presented by AOC-in-C, SWAC, IAF, on December 29
    • Announcing the season, H.H Maharaja Gaj Singh II said, “Jodhpur is the alma mater of modern Polo in India; it is home to legends both past and in the making. The season this year shall mark added joy after the pandemic and we are hoping for a wonderful turnout with some of the world’s most renowned players and patrons.”
      He added, 'It (the Polo Fiesta) is not just an instrument to promote tourism in Jodhpur; it is the friendliness of this place that makes it different from other polo destinations'.
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