By Duane Fonseca

Nine teams will participate in the Lan To Capital Polo Federation Cup that will be organised by Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club (DPEC) in association with the UAE Polo Federation from 4-14 January. The draw for the tournament was held in the presence of Mohammed Khalid Abdulghaffar Hussain, general secretary of the UAE Polo Federation, Santiago Torreguitar, director of tournaments at the UAE Polo Federation, Lan Tschirky, CEO and founder of Lan To Capital, and Jan Azam, polo manager of DPEC.

The UAE, Bindrai, Lan To Capital, Tahra, AM, Ankora, Abu Dhabi, Ghantoot and Lamar are the nine teams confirmed to compete in the tournament. Hussain, general secretary of the UAE Polo Federation, said: “We are grateful for the commitment of the government bodies and patrons of polo who have worked tirelessly to make Dubai a well-known polo destination over the last few decades.

We are proud to host the UAE Polo Federation Cup 2023 at DPEC which brings together players, spectators, local residents and enthusiasts from around the world.” Torreguitar added: “We are delighted to have nine teams competing this season and we are confident that DPEC, as a leading polo destination in the country, is an ideal venue to unite the local teams and create a vibrant polo community.”

Tschirky said: “We are excited to be part of this tournament. Our vision is to form strong bonds through such sports events that are also social in nature and help build long-term bonds with the community." Lisa Matthews, general manager of DPEC, said: “Polo season offers our patrons the perfect opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and watch an action-packed match while enjoying a sumptuous meal. It is indeed a great way to jumpstart 2023.”