LPC LAHORE: Barry’s will vie against Diamond Paints/Guard Rice in an exciting and challenging expected final of the Huaneng Shandong Ruyi Aibak Polo Cup 2018 to be played at the Lahore Polo Club (LPC) ground on Sunday at 3:30 pm.
One of the finalists Diamond Paints/Guard Rice team consists of Mir Huzaifa Ahmad, Taimur Ali Malik, Eulogio Celestino and Macos Araya while Barry’s team comprises Nafees Barry, Bilal Haye, Ramiro Zavaleta and Juan Maria Ginazu (Tito).
The subsidiary final of the tournament will be contested between Master Paints Black and Army. Master Paints Black team has Sufi M Amir, Sufi M Haris, Gerardo Mazzini and Hissam Ali Hyder while Army team includes Brig Zulfiqar Ali Baig, Major Omer Minhas, Miguel Luis Duggan and Ignasio Negri.
Chinese Consulate General in Lahore, Mr. Long Dingbin will be the chief guest. Lauding the role of sponsors, LPC President Irfan Ali Hyder expressed his gratitude to Huaneng Shandong Ruyi for sponsoring the event and hoped that they would continue to support this sport. “There is a dire need of sponsors to further flourish this game of kings and knights. The multinationals and corporate sector must come forward to sponsor this beautiful game, which may get further boost.”
Aibak Cup is dedicated to the memory of Qutubuddin Aibak, who was of Central Asian descent and became the Afghan Emperor, Muhammad Ghauri’s most trusted general. In early 1200’s, Emperor Ghauri appointed Qutubuddin Aibak as his “Naib us Sultanat’ in India at the grand darbar in Lahore. Sultan Qutbuddin Aibak died in Lahore in 1210 , while playing polo. He was buried in Lahore near the Anarkali bazaar.
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