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23 March 2014
Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club with the support of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council; Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club is organizing during the period starting from March 23rd until 4th of April, the 13th Emirates Open Polo Championship, with the strong participation of Local and GCC Polo Teams, with Ghantoot carrying the golden title. The tournament has 9 teams as follows: Ghantoot Basti Team, UAE Team, The Saudi Edrees Team, Al Habtoor Team, Abu Dhabi Team, Bin Drai Team, The Saudi Zedan Team, and Desert Palm Team, which involved two teams (1 and 2).
As it was confirmed during the press conference held by the clubs headquarters in Ghantoot yesterday morning in the presence of HE / Saeed bin Hofan Al Mansouri Vice Chairman of Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, Mr. Ahmed Al Nuaimi, Managing Director of the club in addition to Ghantoot Al Basti Polo player Francisco and the official Partner of Al Basti Equiworld.
H.E Al Mansouri passed his greetings of His Highness Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan throughout the opening statement in the conference, wishing success for the annual tournament as well as the participating teams besides continuous achievements for the Emirati Polo through the continuous tournaments across the country, which extended to the Gulf Countries which is contributing to the boom of Polo locally, in Gulf and Arab countries and reaching up to advanced regional and international levels. Adding that the participation of nine teams in the tournament, confirms the growth in the Polo that is experiencing a lot of improvement due to the support provided from the game officials, institutions and national companies.
Added H.E Vice Chairman of the club - its a great opportunity to extend our thanks to the Abu Dhabi Sports Council; chaired by H.H Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan and who is as well the Chairman of the Board of The Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation to provide massive support and witness a great booming which is taking place in the youth sector and sports as well, great thanks to the patronage and guidance of H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. All this has a great impact for the renaissance and development in Sport Clubs in the region which is reflected as great achievements recorded by Emarati athletes in various Local and International sport events.
Finally H.E Al Mansouri thanked all the partners the success during the season, and in particular the sponsors of Emirates Open Polo Championship, led by the official sponsor of the tournament Al Basti Equiworld, The media sponsor Polo +10 the Polo Magazine, the Emirates Heritage Club, Emirates Motor Company ( Mercedes-Benz ) as well as all supporters, adding H.E Bin Hoofan his appreciation to all those who have been contributing to the successes of the club especially Abu Dhabi Police, Health services, and the media.
Ahmed Al Nuaimi:
Praised Ahmed Al Nuaimi The Managing Director of Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club the patronage of H.H Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club , for all the activities of the club sports and community , which continued successfully throughout this season as it witnessed a lot of tournaments and competitions organized by the club successfully, the latest of which was the precious fourteenth tournament of H.H President of UAE Polo Cup , which was held under the patronage of Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank. The winner was Desert Palm, the results revealed levels of convergence teams that contributed to the success of the tournament.
Added Al Nuaimi - The last championship had special celebration with the exceptional teams that have given the tournament a competitive flavour in the hope that it will continue during the upcoming Open Championship, which attracted many teams who previously won Ghantoot Championships, as this confirms that the next tournament will see some sort of competition and challenge among the participants.
Assortment of participating teams:
The committee organizing the tournament has chosen names as many of them are leading players of local talents and professionals, for Emirates Open Polo Championship which starts next Sunday 23rd March and has included a list of the UAE team captain Highness Sheikha Maitha Bent Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum , and the big star Lucas Monteverde and the player Goulimiro Healy and Ghanoot Al Basti Team included Nasser Al Shamsi , Ahmed Al Nuaimi , Francisco , and Juan Martin Zavaleta , featuring Al Habtoor team captain Mohammed Al Habtoor, Santiago Gomez , Francisco Guillermo Alzadi and Cuttino .
The list of Edrees Team Sultan Edrees, Juta chavane,Pierre Henri N goumou and Nacho Gonzales. The list of Abu Dhabi Team Faris Al Yabhouni, Victorio Monteverde, Juan Storni and Alferdo Cappella, Bin Drai Team Mohammed Bin Drai, Tomas Iriarte, Manuel Llorrente and Raul Laplaeette. Zedan Team Amr Zedan, Luis Gagliardi, Facu Fdez. Llorente and Pelson Stirling. Finally Desert Palm 1 Team Rashid Al Bawardi, Martin Valent, Facundo Castagnola and Ali Paterson and Desert Palm 2 Team Tarik Al Bawardi, Santiago Laborde, Alejo Taranco and Matias Machado.
What do you know about Ghantoot:
Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club was founded 1994 and is a private venue, built by the vision of the late President, HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and run today under the patronage of his son H.H Sheikh Falah Bin zayed Al Nahyan as the only Royal polo facility in the UAE.
Set in 300 hectares of lush grassland, Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club boasts world-class polo and equestrian facilities, showcasing eight polo fields, stables for over 300 top-class polo ponies and a 2,000-seater grandstand equipped with a VIP entrance, media facilities and business centre.
The Clubs colonial style Clubhouse includes dining facilities with outstanding views of the polo field as well as an opulent swimming pool, fully equipped gymnasium, two tennis courts and we are proud to have the only local breeding division in the UAE. The exclusivity of the Club, its location – ideally set between Abu Dhabi & Dubai and its accessibility just seconds from Sheikh Zayed & Sheikh Maktoum Highway - provides an unparalleled hospitality venue for entertaining clients, friends and family.
Falah bin Zayed everyone is welcome:
Welcomed H.H Sheikh Falah bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Chairman of Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club all the participants in the Emirates Open Polo Championship 2014 , organized by the clubs long history , which was established with the guidance and directions of H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (God bless him) as an equestrian and cultural events center, which was seen for H.H Sheikh Zayed as one of the most main roads towards the development of polo and one of the most fundamental pillars in the promotion of our country around the world. The club has always provided the highest level of facilities in the sport of polo in the entire region and today we are proud to export our own brand outside our borders. Over the past years the Club has gained numerous of awards in the largest and most important world championships in polo, and honoured to host the greatest players of the world in the same game on our territory. It is worth mentioning that our search for excellence comes in parallel with the visions and aspirations of our wise leadership, hence the club became from our point of view one of the most important main pillars in the promotion of the culture of our nation and civilization for people around the globe, where our ambition doesn’t stop to this extent as we look forward to playing a key role in the development of Sports in the United Arab Emirates.