We are the champions..Gilgit Baltistan won Shandur polo tournament
Ghulam Abbas, Captain Gilgit polo team recieves trophi from
Syed Mehdi Shah, CM Gilgit Baltistan. Photo by Express Tribune
SHANDUR, July 9: The Gilgit Baltistan team were crowned champions at the Shandur polo festival 2011 with a win over Chitral on Satureday.
Gilgit avenged Chitral in front of hundreds and thousands cheering spectator in a thrill-packed final played at an altitude of almost 4000 meters above sea level, the highest and famous polo ground of the world, situated at Shandur Pass.
Last year Gilgit team did not turned up for the show but this time the team was in tremendous form, showing their superiority in all departments.
Along with polo matches, a festival like atmosphere developed with demonstration of paragliding, fire work and cultural show, setting up stalls of handicraft of Chitral, Swat and food stalls for the visitors’ setup.
The horsemen were jubilant, showing their superiority and command besides polo skills.Ghulam Abbas was the pick of the pack who not only delighted the sitting spectators with his spontaneous single handed riding but also scored four goals in each chakkar of the four chakkar final, free for all because of the foul free play.
GB polo team dancing after victory
Ghulam and Ghulam, a common voice in the rank of the hundreds and thousands of spectators enjoyed the final. Niamat, Ibrar Khan and Hashim were the other scorer who completed a tennis score margin victory for Gilgit against disjointed Chitral team.
Chitral did some resistance when Shehzada Sikander reduced the margin in the second chakkar. He scored his second goal in the second chakkar to make the tally 7-2 and later on scoring two more goals in the fourth chakkar to reduce the margin at 7-4.
A special entertainment area with the name of joy and wonder lands was also there for the children. The representatives of the Chitral Scouts assured full security measures to the event.
At the end, the chief guest Syed Medi Shah, Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan, gave away trophies and cash prizes.
A trophy and Rs. 0.5 million was awarded to Gilgit team while a runner-up trophy Rs. 75000 to Chitral team. A total of 12 teams took part in the event this year organized by Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with the collaboration of DCO Chitral. Monitoring desk/APP