Nigeria: Abuja Polo Club Stages Democracy Day Tourney
Abuja — The Abuja Guards Brigade Polo Club will stage an international tournament in commemoration for the 2014 Democracy Day from May 20 to May 25 in Abuja.
Captain of the Club, Mustapha Junaidu disclosed this on Tuesday when the Management of the club met with the Minister of Sports, Tammy Danagogo at the Abuja National Stadium.
Junaidu said 16 teams would be participating in the six-day event which would also involve international professional players.
The Captain of the club added that the tournament would feature five categories of events.
"There are five categories of events that will be featured in. The first is the Guards Challenge Cup which is basically for beginners.
"The second category is the Guards Brigades Trophy which is opened to other states that are interested and the Legislative Shield that is in honour of the members of the National Assembly.
"The other category is the Democracy and President Cup and the final one is the new one we just introduced which is the Argentine Ambassador's Cup," Junaidu said.
Speaking earlier, Vice President of the Club, Adamu Usman said the sports ministry was their gateway to success to help them in promoting their activities.
Usman therefore, solicited for supports from the National Sports Commission in the maintenance of their pitches and tracks.
"The maintenance of the pitch is very important in a polo game or else, you will lose your horse and your well-being when you get injured. Also, our tracks also have to be in good shape.
"So, we are using this opportunity to ask the ministry for a befitting club house that will house all what we need to promote the game," the club's vice president said.
He noted that apart from keeping Nigerians in shape, polo also promotes tourism and it has the ability to bridge gap between Nigerians and foreigners.
Sports Minister, while responding, expressed dissatisfaction that polo was not one of the most popular sport in the country.
He charged the club's management to come up with programmes that would publicize the sport more than the level it is.
"I expect Polo to be more popular than it is now, so I want you to come up with programmes that will make polo become a household name in Nigeria and the National Sports Commission (NSC) will give you the needed support," said Danagogo.