LAHORE- The Porsche National Open Polo Championship for the Quaid-e-Azam Gold Cup 2014 will explode into action here today (Tuesday) at the Lahore Polo Club (LPC).

Speaking at the press conference held here on Monday, LPC president Haye Mehta said: “We hope all the spectators will enjoy these games on a daily basis, and bring to the people of Pakistan, and the rest of the world, the great game of polo, which we consider to a be part of our heritage.”

He disclosed that six teams including Diamond Paints/Master Paints, Master Paints/Diamond Paints, Colony/Newage, 4 Corps, Army and 11 Corps had been participating in the event. “I acknowledge with great pleasure the participation in this prestigious tournament of internationally famed players from Argentina, Chile and England, alongside the finest players of Pakistan,” he added.

“In this galaxy of world-class players assembled here, we sadly miss the legendary Mexican player Carlos Gracida, 10-handicap player, who passed away very recently as a result of a fall during the game. The Lahore Polo Club has sent its condolences to the family.”

“This year we have the pleasure of collaborating with Porsche Centre Lahore on our annual tournament and are truly grateful for their patronage and support. We have no doubt that the Porsche National Polo Open 2014 this year will be the best one yet,” Mehta concluded.

Speaking on the occasion, Marketing Manager at the Porsche Centre Lahore Ansa Hasan said: “The Porsche National Polo Open underlines the company’s commitment to continuously support the local sporting culture and develop strong links with a game highly popular among Porsche customers. Porsche Centre Lahore will also be staging a diversity of planned actives throughout the tournament, which will be crowned with the exclusive local unveiling of the world’s first sports car in the compact SUV segment, the all-new Porsche Macan.”

She also signed a corporate contract with Umut Aydogan of Turkish Airlines giving benefits of Turkish Airlines’ advantageous Frequent Flyer Programme, Miles & Smiles to Porsche family and staff.

Other official partners of the Porsche National Open include Turkish Airlines, Nestle Vitals, Hello Pakistan, Toni & Guy and L’atelier.