Shandoor polo festival begins tomorrow

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ISLAMABAD, July 28 (APP):Three-day famous Shandoor polo festival would start on Friday (July 29) in Chitral.

The official of Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP) told APP that the festival regularly held each year from July 7 to 9th but this year firstly due to Eid ul Fitr and then monsoons the event was delayed till July end.

According to an official of TCKP, now the Shandoor Polo Festival will be held from July 29 to 31.

Shandoor Polo Festival is one of the big festivals in Pakistan.

The polo which is played between the polo teams of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is experienced as a free-style polo match.

Passion for Polo will be the highest on the world’s highest Polo ground. Every year, Shandoor invites visitors to experience a traditional polo tournament between the teams of Chitral and Gilgit.

The festival also includes Folk music, Folk dance, traditional sports.

Polo was introduced in South Asia, by the Muslim conquerors in the 13th century. English word ‘Polo” is in fact a Balti word meaning, “ball”.

In ancient times, there was no limit to the number of players and no time limit. Which team scored nine goals first, became the winner.

Today, there are six players to each side, but this is by no means a rule in local polo games. The game lasts for one hour with a ten-minute break.

Chitral, Gilgit and Skardu have always played the game of polo closest to its original form.