The Winter Jaipur Polo Season has begun. It will be on till 2 February 2020. One different feature of this season will be that there will be a women polo match on 25 January. This is for the first time that such as match is being organized. This was informed by the HH Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur at a Press Conference at Rajasthan Polo Club (RPC). He said that there are at least 10 women polo players in the country. He would like to encourage women to increasingly take up the game of horse polo. In the next few years he hoped that even Jaipur would have 8-10 horse polo players.
The Honorary Secretary of Rajasthan Polo Club (RPC), Mr. Digvijay Singh and Maharaj Narendra Singh were also present on the occasion.
Maharaja Padmanabh Singh further said that for the first time in Indian Polo history, there will be two foreign professional umpires to ensure that the season is conducted in a fair and equal manner. This is an effort by the Rajasthan Polo Club to ensure that the Jaipur season remains the country’s most coveted centre where new standards are set every year.
He further added that with the leading players of the game participating in the season – some exciting polo is in the offing. The foreign players participating in this season will be from Colombia and Argentina. They are – Llorente Manuel Fernandez (+6), Mazzini Gerardo (+6) and Daniel Otamandi (+5) from Argentina and Emmillio (+4) from Colombia.
The winter polo season has begun from 1 January with SMS Gold Vase (8 Goals). The tournament will be on till 5 January. Princess Diya Kumari Cup (8 goals) sponsored by Royal Gems & Arts Jaipur will be played from 6 January to 12 January. The Rajmata Gayatri Devi Memorial Cup (10 goals) sponsored by Rambagh Palace Jaipur will be played from 13 January to 19 January. HH Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh Cup sponsored by Jaipur Motels & Buildestates Pvt. Ltd. (12 goals) will be played from 20 January to 26 January. The high-handicap Sirmour Cup (14 goals) sponsored by Shree Cement will take place from 27 January to 2 February 2020.
Some of the Exhibition matches scheduled are – HH Rajmata Padmini Devi of Jaipur International Shield (sponsored by Dia Color) on 4 January; Mathura Das Mathur Memorial Cup on 11 January; Swiss Kota Cup on 12 January and Maharaj Prithi Singh Baria Cup (sponsored by Sanghi Classic and Bank of India) on 18 January. Similarly, an Exhibition Polo Match will be held on 25 January and Raghu Sinha Mala Mathur Memorial Cup on 1 February. Not only this, but on 4 January, the visiting Zambian team will be playing a one-of-a-kind high goal (18-20 goals) international match for the Rajmata Padmini Devi Cup.
Most of the leading Indian players of the game will also participate in the Jaipur Polo Season. They are: Simran Shergill (+6); Dhruvpal Godara, Syed Shamsheer Ali, Abhimanyu Pathak, Col Ravi Rathore and Sameer Suhag (+5 each); Syed Bashir Ali, Lt. Col Vishal Chauhan and Siddhant Sharma (+4 each); HH The Maharaja of Jaipur, Syed Hamza Ali, Uday Kalan, Gaurav Sahgal, Vishal Singh, Angad Kalaan, Lokendra Rathore and Salim Azmi (+3 each). Some officers from the Army will also be participating in the polo tournament.
Sponsors of the polo season are Royal Gems & Arts Jaipur, Rambagh Palace Jaipur, Jaipur Motels & Buildestates Pvt. Ltd, Shree Cement, Dia Color, V G Group and Raghu Sinha Mala Mathur Charity Trust. The Hospitality Partner is Hotel Grand Uniara, Medical Partner is Santokba Durlabhji Memorial Hospital and Administration Partner is Polo Factory.