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2019 polls: Lagos Polo pick March date, Ibadan settle for April

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Fresh fact emanating from the National Polo Tour confirms our exclusive expo that the impending 2019 national elections would negatively impact the current national polo tour.

Polo Royals had last week alerted shake holders of the noble game of kings that the current season would be on forced break during the duration of the polls.

We authoritatively pointed out that the south western leg of the polo tour would bear the full brunt, with Ibadan and Lagos tournaments biggest casualties.

In a reaction to our expo, Lagos international polo tournament that traditionally holds after Ibadan would gallops off second week of March, while Ibadan tournament has been pushed further down to the second week of April.

In approving the new dates at the just concluded Niger Delta polo festival in Port Harcourt, the polo ruling authority noted that the rescheduled dates remain tentative, as the aftermath of the national polls may further put the tour on hold.

“As patriotic Nigerians’ who desire the best for our country, we are prepared to allow the national polls runs its course, there after , we hope the make the best of what is left of the season, declared a top shot of the Lagos Polo Club.

The official lamented that though the March date may not be the best period to play polo in Lagos given the floods that usually trail the early rainy season in the coastal city, that was the best they could settle for in the national interest and for safety of the players, horses and her teeming polo buffs expected during the polo extravaganza.

“We are hoping that the polls would be peaceful, so that we start days after the elections. As it stands, the calendar has been badly affected as other tournaments would have to be rescheduled or out rightly cancel for this year.”

Last year, the prestigious Lagos fiesta featured over thirty teams loaded with top Nigerian professionals and their counterparts from Argentina, Europe and South Africa compete in four main cups, namely: Majekodunmi Cup., the Silver Cup, Open Cup and the Lagos Low Cup.

The first week of the polo extravaganza that galloped off February 13 through February 18, saw teams rumbling in the Silver Cup category with eight home teams and six visiting teams squaring up, with Lagos NRT defeating Kano BUA in Silver Cup Final.

The vent’s second biggest prize, Lagos Open Cup was a local derby pitching four Lagos based teams in a winners-take -all duels. After a week of open ended competition, Leighton Kings defeated Seyi Tinubu’s STL 8 – 4 ½ to retain the Oba of Lagos Cup and the Open Cup crowns respectively.

The high stake second week ran from February 21 to 25 with seven Lagos teams and seven visiting teams battling for the Low Cup.

Five times winner and title holders, Lagos Fifth Chukker and Kaduna Keffi Ponys rounded off the tournament with a titanic clash for the prestigious Majekodunmi Cup, one of the most revered polo title the continent. Adamu Atta’s Fifth Chukker emerged the overall champions, winning the Majekodunmi Cup for a record fourth consecutive year at that.

While Lagos is looking to manage the March date, Polo Royals gathers that Ibadan polo club, are looking at hosting in April when as the management projects, all the dusts of the elections may have been settled, particularly in Oyo State, with its unpredictable election tradition.

“We in Ibadan have been pushed far into the rains this year. But we are more worried about the aftermath of the polls in the state, than the rains because our pitch has a natural drainage system that could be manage during the period, “the Ibadan based polo buff stated.

Most of polo aficionados and administrators spoken to during the Port Harcourt tournament that officially gallop off the new season, noted that this would be the first time in a long period that the national polls would fiercely halt the polo tour just before the season gets into its strides.

They pointed at the possibility of some of the major tournament particularly in the savanna leg of the tour clashing with just days separating them. A situation they claim would wear down the horses, drain the wallets of patrons and tired out the players.

They advised the players to brace up for a hectic season, as the tour is guaranteed to be halted again with the expected Ramadan fasting period where Muslim faithful are expected to observe the religious rites that would take a full month out of tour.

https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/2019-polls-lagos-polo-pick-march-date-ibadan-settle-for-april.html


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