Manipur to preserve its Polo Ponies

poloponyIMPHAL: The Manipur Government has earmarked a portion of land at Heingang in Imphal East district for the protection and preservation of the endangered Manipuri ponies.

This was announced by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh while inaugurating the week-long 7th Manipur Polo International 2013 at the historic Mapal Kangjeibung here on Saturday.

The step has been taken up in view of the report of vanishing State’s ponies due to lack of its preservation. The State presently has around 700-800 ponies only.

In the last livestock census in 2007, the number had dropped to 1,218, a steep decline from the figure of 1,893 estimated during the 2003 census.

“The government has earmarked some area at Heingang to save our ponies, an endangered species, from extinction and also to give recognition to the game of polo”, said Ibobi.

Chief Ministers of Myanmar’s Mandalay and Saigang divisions U Thar Aye and U Ye Myint, their Ministers and Manipur Ministers also attended the inaugural function of the international polo match between USA and Germany which was won by the USA team.

The week-long polo tournament was participated by five international teams including Thailand and two Indian teams.

Earlier in the day, the Ibobi-led Myanmar delegation rushed back to Imphal after attending the NE business summit in Dibrugarh. The tournament which will continue till November 28 is being participated by a total of five teams, out of which three teams are represented by foreign countries like Germany, Thailand and USA.

The other two teams are Team A (representing the International Polo Association) and Team B (representing the state, Manipur).

To mark the occasion, the Chief Minister of Manipur also launched a website on the Polo game, www.manipurponysociety.org.

Speaking on the occasion, Ibobi express his happiness and said that the day would be remembered in history as one of the important days as it has been colored by the presence of foreign dignitaries and guests.

On the game of Polo, which is also known as Sagol Kangjei, he said that we should feel indebted to our forefathers who had handed over this famous game to the present world.

Deputy Chief Minister of Manipur Gaikhangam expressed that even though Manipur is a small state in India, it is a state enriched with cultural heritage and rich history.

‘Modern Polo is a game which Manipur has contributed to the world and we, the people want to preserve Polo as the common man’s game.

This is a small way of contributing our mite to the growth of the noble game all over the world’, he added.

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