Islamabad, July 10: The Shandur Polo festival ended yesterday after three days of exciting competitions between different clubs belonging to Chitral. Shandur Club defeated Lawari Club to lift this year’s trophy. Provincial Information Minister participated in the final match along with a large number of provincial ministers, members of assembly, government officials and thousands of Polo lovers belonging to Chitral as well as different parts of Gilgit – Baltistan.
It is pertinent to note here that teams from Gilgit did not participate in this year’s tournament based on an ownership dispute surrounding Shandur.
The information minister presented trophies to the winner and runner up teams and also announced cash prizes for all teams that participated in the tournament.
“Shandur is an integral part of Chitral and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa”, the provincial minister said in his speech. He also announced establishment of Benazir Shaheed University in Chitral district.
The provincial sports minister of KPK said that the conspiracy to sabotage the tournament remained unsuccessful, referring to GB governments’ decision to boycott the tournament.