New Delhi, Sep 28 (IANS) The Cycle Polo Federation of India (CPFI), the apex body for the sport in the country, on Saturday launched the first ever Cycle Polo League. The inaugural league, aimed to bring the game of Cycle Polo to the forefront and make it a mass sport, will be played between November 25 to 29 at the Rajasthan Polo Club in Jaipur.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) will lead in assisting the same along with CPFI’s member state associations. The league will see five teams fight it out to be crowned champions. It will feature a total of 40 Indian players chosen after a rigorous selection process on the basis of their performance at the National and Federation Cup Championships.
Ten foreign players will also be a part of the league from countries like France, England, Malaysia and Ireland. Each team in the league will comprise 6 Indians and 2 foreign players.
Speaking at the launch event held at the IAF station at Lok Kalyan Marg, Air Marshal PP Bapat VSM, Air Officer-in-Charge Administration said: “It is a very important development for the game of Cycle Polo in India. After participating and winning medals in seven World Cycle Polo Championships it was high time that the game got its due rcognition and I believe the Cycle Polo League is the first step in that direction.”