India ARC and Argentina tie for the 6th YES BANK International Polo Cup
Mumbai, March 18, 2017: In a thrilling Polo match, India ARC and Argentina tied 4-4 in the 6th edition of the YES BANK International POLO CUP. The tie broke the streak set by India ARC which has won the YES BANK International Polo Cup on each of the 5 previous occasions starting in 2012. The match held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Royal Western Indian Turf Club, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai was the sixth year of the YES BANK International Polo Cup.
YES BANK, India’s 5th largest private sector Bank, partnered with the Amateur Riders’ Club (ARC), one of the oldest and largest private civilian horse riding clubs in India, for the YES BANK International Polo Cup match between India ARC and Argentina.
Hosted by Mr. Rana Kapoor, Managing Director & CEO, YES BANK and Mr. Suresh Tapuriah, President, Amateur Riders Club;Mrs. Rajashree Birla, Mr. Cyrus Poonawalla; Alejandro Zothner Meyer, Acting Consul General, Consulate General & Promotion Centre of Argentina; Radha Kapoor Khanna and Aditya Khanna were the Guests of Honour and also presented the trophies to the winners at the prize distribution ceremony.
The other guests included the crème de la crème including Ajay Piramal, Chairman, Piramal Enterprises; The Maharaja of Jaipur, Padmanabh Singh; celebrity fitness expert Namrata Purohit, actresses Kim Sharma and Tanishaa Mukerjee, among others.
The event was hosted by Riyhad Kundanmal and actress and VJ Shamita Singha.
Mr. Karan Ahluwalia, Senior President & Head: Media & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Luxury & Sports Banking Group, YES BANK said, “The annual YES BANK International Polo Cup has emerged as one of the premier and finest polo events in India, with the best teams and players competing for the prestigious accolade. Polo is truly the ‘Sport of Royals’ that has gained significant momentum over the last few decades – celebrating acumen, speed, agility, and presence of mind. And we at YES BANK truly believe in supporting and promoting sporting activities that showcase our country’s abundant and diverse talent. I am happy to see that ARC in its Diamond Jubilee year has continued to make significant efforts to encourage the sport in Mumbai.”
The Argentina Polo Team featured Eduardo Miles, Santiago Oubina, Marcelo Araya and Salim Azmi graciously filling in for an injured Argentinean player. The ARC India team featured a star-studded line up comprising H.H. Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur, Vishal Nihalani, Abhimanyu Pathak and Samir Suhag.
The word ‘POLO’, is derived from the Tibetan word ‘PULU’ – meaning ball. It was by this name that the Tibetans played their version of this ancient sport, described by some as being the origins of the game itself. While Polo may have grown to maturity in the Americas, it was in India that the modern game was ‘discovered’ and nurtured. History records that the ancient Persians knew the sport as ‘Chaughan’ and played it as far back as 2500 years ago. The Chinese too lay claim to a Polo tradition dating back several thousand years.
YES BANK has been associated with sports for a while now, especially focusing on Polo and Corporate Golf. Since inception, YES BANK has been supporting the WIGA Senior Citizens Golf Tournament as well as the SWF Interclub Caddies Golf Tournament (CSR golf events), which represent an ideal platform for encouraging inclusivity in sports.