14th Sentinel Cup equestrian event begins

IMPHAL, 10th FEB: The 14th DGAR Sentinel Cup – State Equestrian Championship 2017 got underway at Mapal Kangjeibung (Imphal Polo Ground) on Friday as both Th Santosh Singh and Neelu RK claimed a gold medal on Day 1 of the competition.

           Santosh accumulated 31 points to win the yellow metal in the individual junior tent pegging lance event. The silver medallist Th Ranjan was just two points adrift of the winner as M Kuber finished on 26 points to settle for the bronze medal. Neelu RK, meanwhile, bagged her gold medal in the girls’ show jumping event. Th Jetholia finished second while Th Tanna Devi had to settle for third place.

         The equestrian event is being organised by 6 Assam Rifles of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South). More than 100 riders from 12 teams of different Clubs under Manipur Equestrian Association are participating in the championship. Major General Virendra Singh, Inspector General Assam Rifles (South) graced the inaugural ceremony as chief Guest. He highlighted the dedication of Manipur Equestrian Association to encourage the sport of polo and preserve the rich heritage and sporting culture of Manipur. The Inspector General also re-affirmed the commitment of Assam Rifles to promote the sports and support the talented riders.

       The opening ceremony was an amalgamation of rich martial traditions of Assam Rifles and Manipur Polo Association. The flag hoisting ceremony was followed by a march past of the participating teams led by the Pipe Band of Assam Rifles. The players took the traditional oath and swore to abide by the rules and regulations of the sport.

       Dr S Joy Kumar Singh, President Manipur Equestrian Association, S Buddachandra Singh, IAS (Retd), President Manipur Horse Riding & Polo Association, Dr Th Mangilal, Secretary Organising Committee and Brigadier JS Bainsla, Commander 9 Sector Assam Rifles also attended the inaugural function as presidium members. The five-day championship will conclude with a closing ceremony on February 14. The riders are competing tent pegging and show jumping both in individual and team categories.

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