LAHORE-The Shoe Planet Pakistan Polo Cup 2016 will get underway from today (Tuesday) here at the historic Lahore Polo Club (LPC) ground.

Addressing the first press conference of the polo season 2016-2017 here at the club premises, LPC president Irfan Ali Hyder, flanked by assistant brand manager Ali, corporate service and pr manager Qurat-ul-Ain and Agha Najeeb, said: “The polo season at the club commenced on the October 17, 2016 and we have already played 9 tournaments. The first of these tournaments was Polo in Pink by Shaukat Khanum which was followed by tournaments sponsored by Adisseo, Seasons Canola, Treet, Magic River and Diamond Paints, also sponsored by our own members - so you can see our members playing a very positive role in contributing towards the success of the club.”

About Pakistan Polo Cup, the LPC chief said this event would start from December 19 with 5 teams participating in it. It is a 10-goal tournament with the lower limit of 6 goals. It also has a low goal concurrent tournament running with it.

“Five teams have been featuring in this tournament, named after beloved country Pakistan. Pool A has two teams including Dollar East and ZTBL while Pool B has three teams Master Paints, Army Colts and Barry’s. The inaugural match of the tournament will be conducted between Dollar East and ZTBL teams,” he added.

Irfan said this was his second tenure as LPC president with six executive committee members Umar Sadik, Azam Hayat Noon, Ahmad Nawaz Tiwana, Omer Niazi, Saqib Khan Khakwani and Agha Najeeb Raza Khan, who have been ably assisting him to run the affairs of the club in a befitting manner.

Lauding the sponsors, Irfan said: “I am grateful to Shoe Planet CEO Shahid Hussain for sponsoring this tournament – as they have on numerous occasions in the past. Their generous contribution and cooperation will certainly make this event a success.”

In his message, Shahid Hussain said: "Polo is arguably the oldest recorded team game in the history of game world. It is a matter of great pride and honor for Shoe Planet to sponsor this event for the fourth time in a row. This sponsorship demonstrates our long standing support for the polo tournament in Pakistan.”