Patiala, November 11, 2017: Patiala Chargers defeated Patiala Raiders by 4-3 in the Polo Challenge Match conducted by the Western Command of Indian Army at the Civil Aviation Club, near Patiala Polo and Riding Club here on Saturday.
The match was an extended event of the first ever Military Literature Festival to be organised at Chandigarh by the Government of Punjab from December 7 to 9.
The Commandant of Western Command (GoC) Lt. Gen. Surinder Singh, A.V.S.M., V.S.M., was the chief guest at event.
Following the efforts of Chief Minister Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh the polo match was held at the Patiala New Polo Ground. Lt. Gen Surinder Singh arrived at the event in a decked up buggy. The aircrafts of Patiala Aviation Club presented fly past and antics.
Thereafter, the teams introduced themselves and played polo match.
61 Mounted (Cavalry) Regiment presented equestrians’ antics and the army band regaled the audience. The Commandant of Western Command (GoC) Lt. Gen. Surinder Singh, A.V.S.M., V.S.M., conferred award to the winning Patiala Chargers team.
Talking to the media persons Raja Malwinder Singh stated that Punjab government was committed to save Polo game from getting lost into oblivion and hence the event has been organized to re-invent the game. He congratulated the Punjab government for these efforts.
During polo match Lt. Gen (retd) RS Shergill the advisor to Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Principal Secretary to CM Tejveer Singh, Shivdular Singh Dhillon IAS, senior army officers, IG A S Rai, DIG Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill, Deputy Commissioner Kumar Amit, Deputy Commissioner Sangrur APS Virk, SSP Dr S Bhupathi, ADC (G) Mrs Poonamdeep Kaur, Municipal Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khaira, Captain Amarjit Singh Jeji, Col Karmindra Singh, SDM Patiala Anmol Singh Dhaliwal, army personnel, police and district administration officials, ex-servicemen, their family members, teachers of various schools were among others present.