SOME OF the UAE’s top players will join a host of international stars in a six team competition for the 20th edition of the HH President of the UAE Polo Cup from 11 to 27 March. Hosts Ghantoot will be joined by Desert Palm, Habtoor Polo, Bangash Polo, Abu Dhabi and UAE Polo with the tournament offering a lucrative prize purse of Dh500,000. The first of the matches will played on 11 March with the final scheduled after the completion of a round robin group phase with the top placed sides in each of the two three team groups qualifying for the finals on 27 March. The tournament will be conducted at GRPC and enjoys the patronage of HH Sheikh Falah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who said: “The sport of polo in the UAE is going the right way.

“We are extremely proud of what has been accomplished at our club and the way the sport of polo has been supported, organised and carried forward into the new decade. “Creating a legacy is critical to any sport and this landmark year for the HH President of the UAE Polo Cup is testimony to what can be achieved if we do this together. This speaks volumes for the sport’s future in the country.” HE Zayed Alaboudi Al Zaabi, the Executive Director of Ghantoot, added: “Since it was founded Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club has invested into the successful model created by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan which has been passionately carried forward by HH Sheikh Falah bin Zayed. “Through their collective vision, the club has grown steadily from humble beginnings into a proud and permanent headquarters for top level polo in the country. We can all look forward to two weeks of high quality polo from some of the best exponents of the game in the UAE together with some of the leading players from around the world.”