Argungu polo tourney: Our sport will get to grassroots – Baba Kyari
*Polo is not only for the rich – Kangiwa
Secretary General of the Nigeria Polo Federation (NPF), Baba Kyari, at the weekend has said that the Argungu polo tournament would take the game of polo nearer to the people living in the grassroots.
The Argungu Polo Tournament is being organised by Alhaji Nura Kangiwa, the Patron of NSK Farms has received rave commendations and comments about getting the sport nearer to the people especially in Kebbi state.
The tournament which is the maiden edition galloped off on Friday and is expected to end on Sunday.
“This is one of the joy that I have been able to arrive here. We came to support something that will take polo down to the grassroots and to demystify the notion that the game of polo is only for the rich.
“The more we can get it down to the local areas, especially places like here where it is quite easy to propagate the game because there is already a horse culture, the game of polo will continue to develop.
“This is the reason why I am really in support of this project. It’s quite a new beginning and we hope it will improve with time,” he said.
Baba Kyari called on other polo players, enthusiasts, philanthropists and corporate organisations to invest in grassroots development of the game, adding that there was little then National Sports Commission (NSC) or the present federal Ministry of Youth Development and Sports could do to support the federation.
Sunday’s game saw Zaria West Stream continue their winning run as they whipped Maiduguri El-kanemi 6-0 in the battle for the Emir’s Cup.
Also, IGP Strikers slumped to yet another defeat losing 3½ to 12½ Dogonyaro Farms also in the Emir’s Cup.
While Titan/H. Hago beat Keffi Iyatu Farms 4 – 3½ in the race for the Shehu Kangiwa Cup.