ISLAMABAD, Jul 25 (APP): Pakistan’s Hissam Ali Hyder of
Team Commonwealth has brought laurels to the country by
getting the mighty Coronation Cup in Polo.
Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh and Royal Salute’s Peter Moore, Global Prestige Brand Director, presented the mighty Coronation Cup to Hissam Ali Hyder (Pakistan), Fred Mannix (Team Captain from Canada), Chris Mackenzie (South Africa) and John Paul Clarkin (New Zealand) after the GT Bank Commonwealth team defeated England 12-11 in a thrilling game at the prestigious Guards Polo Club on Saturday (July 23, 2016).
The Coronation Cup is a high goal game consisting of 27 goals per team and is one of the biggest international events in polo to take place every year, a message received here from London on Monday said.
For the first time in history, an Asian player was on
the Commonwealth team honouring Pakistan. Hissam Ali Hyder continues to represent his country at every step of his
career, keeping the national flag flying high internationally.
Amongst guest present was also Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan
High Commissioner to the UK together with his wife.
Besides, a large support for Pakistan was present amongst the crowd, as Hissam’s huge fan following, consisting of both Pakistanis and British supporters were sporting a Pakistani flag and breaking out in loud cheers every time Team Commonwealth scored a goal.
The match was a close one but a few back shots to goal
by Hissam, alongside the incredible goals scored by the team
players resulted in a glorious win six chukka’s later.
This match has been the showpiece game for the sport’s
governing body, the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), since the 1970s, but such was the standard of play in this year’s match that the Coronation Cup was said by many to be the “best ever”, especially since it coincided with Her Majesty, The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.
Hissam Ali Hyder adds, “I would like to dedicate my win
to Abdul Sattar Edhi, his passing is the biggest loss to our
country as he represented Pakistan like no other.”