Wed. Oct 20th, 2021

Postponed: Shandur Polo Festival to be held after Eid

The traditional Shandur festival programme includes polo, dance, music, paragliding and other festivities

The traditional Shandur festival programme includes polo, dance, music, paragliding and other festivities
The traditional Shandur festival programme includes polo, dance, music, paragliding and other festivities

Islamabad: The Shandur Polo Festival has been postponed by the Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa government due to massive destruction caused by floods in the Ghizer district of Gilgit-Baltistan region. The festival, reportedly, will now be held in the month of August, after Eid-ul-Fitr, instead of the scheduled second week of July.

The annual polo festival is played every year between the teams of Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan at Shandur, the world’s highest polo ground. The participation of Gilgit-Baltistan’s teams in the tournament had become impossible due to the widespread destruction of roads in Ghizer.

The festival draws thousands of spectators from across Gilgit-Baltistan, Chitral and other parts of Pakistan. A large number of foreigners also attend the festival every year.

The news of postponment has come as a disappointment to the fans of Polo who were planning to travel to Shandur.

 

 

 

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