Yes Bank Polo Cup Sees Growing Interest
The Mumbai racecourse ground witnesses a high-voltage match between the travelling Argentina team and Indian team
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With a heavy burden of historical lineage of aristocracy and princely patronage, the game of polo still reminds us the era of Raj.
It's a game where skills of the ponies are considered higher than the men who ride them. Over time, this sport of sublime masculinity and sort of royal extravaganza has eroded into a social fanfare.
The true patronage of polo is falling as it is an expensive sport, needs huge space, and requires good knowledge of horse riding.
Once not only the knowledge, but a test of blue blood, or the royal lineage, were as important to play polo. These days some corporates have come forward to support this elegant niche game and promote their brands to the who's who of society.
On Saturday afternoon (March 19) the Mumbai racecourse ground witnessed a high-voltage match between the travelling Argentina team and Indian team. (Picture Gallery: Yes Bank International Polo Cup)
Yes Bank, one of India's largest private sector banks, partnered with the Amateur Riders’ Club (ARC), one of the oldest and largest private civilian horse riding clubs in India, for the Yes Bank International Polo Cup match between India ARC and Argentina Arandu team.
The Argentina-Arandu, Polo Team featured Marcelo Araya, Enrique J. Miles, Benjamin Araya and Juan Pablo, and the Indian Polo Team featured Shamsher Ali, Dinyar Madon, Salim Azmi, Dhruvpal Godara, and Harsh Piramal.
Yes Bank has been organising the International Polo Cup in Mumbai for the last five years. The cup has turned into a coveted social event attended by the cream of Mumbai socialites, businessmen and mavericks. This year the Mumbai ARC team won the match by 9 against 6 by Argentina team.
The team Argentina Arandu put up a solid performance, considering the jet lag factor and not having their own ponies.
C. Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra, was the Chief Guest of the event. RBI Govornor Raghuram Rajan and businessman and horse breeder Cyrus Poonawala were among the prominent guests. Bollywood celebrities like Tara Sharma and Rashmi Nigam were also present.
Rajshree Birla, chairperson of Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development, gave away the trophies at the prize distribution ceremony.