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Polo is a sport with a rich history and legacy in Jaipur, and the city is known for hosting some of the most prestigious polo tournaments in the world. The Jaipur Polo Season is a highly anticipated event, and the 2023 edition is set to take place from January 23rd to March 12th. This year, the organizers have implemented initiatives to promote the participation of young as well as female polo players. These include low goal tournaments and Out of the Hat tournaments, which are designed to provide opportunities for these players to showcase their skills and gain experience on the field.

Padmanabh Singh addressing the presser

At a recent press conference, Padmanabh Singh discussed the focus of this year’s tournament. He emphasized that the season has been curated to provide more opportunities for local players, beginners, and women to participate and showcase their skills. One of the ways in which this is being achieved is by reducing the highest goal tournament from 16 goals to 14 goals. This change is intended to give Indian players more opportunities to compete and play against some of the best polo players from around the world. By keeping the highest goal tournament at 14 goals, Indian players will have a greater chance to participate and gain experience at the highest level of the sport. Overall, the Jaipur Polo Season 2023 promises to be an inclusive and exciting event that will provide opportunities for all levels of players to showcase their skills on the field.

Some of the highlights of the Jaipur Polo Season 2023 are:

Ladies’ Polo Match

The Jaipur Polo Season 2023 will once again feature a Ladies’ Polo Match building on the success and enthusiasm from last year. The aim of this match is to encourage more women to take up the game of horse polo, and it will be held on February 18th and will be known as the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation Ladies Polo. Padmanabh Singh also said that if there is enough participation from women players and teams can be formed, a Ladies Polo Tournament may also be planned for March. This is a great initiative to promote women’s participation in the sport and to create a platform for them to compete and advance in the sport.

Participation from top polo players

The season will feature some of the top polo players from around the world. Some of the players include  Chris Mackenzie +6 (SA), Juan Losada +6 (Argentina), Daniel Otamendi +5 (Argentina), Salvador Jauretche +5 (Argentina), Gonzalo Yanzon +3 (Argentina), Lance Watson and Simran Shergill (+5 each); Padmanabh Singh  and Syed Shamsheer Ali (+4 each); Gonzalo Yanzon, Samir Suhag and Lt Col Vishal Chauhan (+3 each); Salim Azmi (+2 each) and some officers from the Army will also participate in the tournament. The tournament will be umpired by professional umpires Mr Henry Fisher and Mr Ben Turner from the UK, ensuring a fair and competitive tournament.

Raffle Draw

A new initiative that has been taken in this season is a weekly raffle draw for the general public who attend the matches. This is a way to give back to the spectators who take the time out of their busy schedules to come and watch the matches and bring in enthusiasm and energy during the event. The raffle draw will be held every Sunday during the tournament, providing an opportunity for the spectators to win prizes and have a chance to be a part of the excitement of the tournament.

All playing photos are file photos.


POLO SCHEDULE

– Rajmata Gayatri Devi Memorial Cup (23 January – 29 January)
– Maharaja Sawai Man Singh Gold Vase (30 January – 5 February)
–  Sirmour Cup (6 February – 12 February)
– Jaipur Open for Brig HH Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh, MVC Cup (13 February – 19 February)
– Kota Cup (20 February – 26 February)
– RPC Cup – Out of Hat ( 27 February – 12 March)

Exhibition Matches:

– Raghu Sinha Mala Mathur Memorial Cup (28 January)
– HH Rajmata Padmini Devi of Jaipur International Shield (4 February)
– Maharaj Prithi Singh Baria Cup (11 February )
– Princess Diya Kumari Foundation Ladies’ Polo (18 February)

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