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Pakistan and British Army Friendly Polo Tournament ends in a draw

Khalid Latief Baloch

LONDON: A two-match bilateral Polo Tournament between the UK and Pakistan Armies culminated in a tie after two hard-fought matches.
Pakistan and UK Armies played at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on 30 June and at Guards Polo Club Windsor on 2 July.
The first match was won by Pakistan Army 6 to 5 ½ and the second match was won by UK Army 6 ½ to 6.

More than 500 guests including prominent British friends of Pakistan, Pakistani diaspora in the UK, Military officers and officers of Pakistan High Commission London along with families attended the two matches.

The two matches promoted goodwill, cooperation, and friendship between the two countries.
It was the first time that the Pakistan anthem was played in Royal Military Academy Sandhurst along with the hoisting of the Pakistani flag.

Commandant Royal Military Academy Sandhurst stated that Pakistani cadets have won the most overseas awards in Sandhurst in the last 200 years. Their 23 awards are second to none. He paid rich accolades to the professional aptitude and diligence of the Pakistanis.

The event at Sandhurst was attended by British High Commissioner Jane Marriot as well. Commentary of the match was done by world-renowned sports commentator Simon Ledger and Colonel Taimur Rahat Army and Air Adviser to the UK.

It was also the first time that Pakistan team played at the famed Guards Polo Club in Windsor which is considered as the most elite venue of international polo.

After the termination of the match, members of the Pakistani diaspora paid rich tributes to the Pakistan Army for their services and professionalism.
They also expressed their appreciation for the wonderful arrangements and the excellent sportsmanship displayed in the two matches.

Representatives of the Pakistani diaspora presented an oil painting to the Chairman Guards Polo Club as a gesture of solidarity and cooperation.

Lieutenant General Retired Khalid Zia Chairman Pakistan Polo Association and Major General Retired Darrell Amison CBE, Chief Executive Officer of Army Sport of the UK Army were also present.

Pakistan High Commission in London is also facilitating in organizing of Skiing, Mountaineering, Trekking, and Cricket championships between Pakistan and British Armies, shortly.

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