Some of the top players from the UAE and overseas are busy locking horns with each other in the 18th edition of the HH The President of the UAE Polo Cup, which started yesterday and will run at the Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club in Abu Dhabi until January 19. The event is being held in the name of the UAE President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and under the aegis of HH Sheikh Falah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the patron of Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club. The four team 18 handicap tournament is being played on a round robin basis with the top two sides qualifying for the final on January 19.
ADS Securities Ghantoot, UAE, Abu Dhabi and Desert Palm are the four teams participating in the tournament. Speaking at a press conference to announce the tournament, Sheikh Falah said: “It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to our ‘Royal Signature’ polo tournament held in the name of the respected and honoured President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. “The affection for horses is an intrinsic part of our cultural heritage from which we have taken the inspiration to create an environment that upholds our traditional values which is reflected in the forward looking venue we have created at Ghantoot.
“Every year, we proudly present professional polo tournaments such as the HH The President of the UAE Polo Cup to the fans in the UAE. However, the success of the tournament is greatly due to the support and commitment of our valued partners especially our Governing Partner, Abu Dhabi Sports Council. I this wonderful event surrounded by the spirit of exhilarating polo, is thoroughly enjoyed by all.” In addition to the games being broadcast live on television for audiences in the UAE, Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club will stream the event live on their website www.presidentpolocup.ae.