The prestigious GTCO Lagos International Polo Tournament makes a return after 24 months with 30 teams vying for honours in four major cup titles.
Lagos Polo Club President, Ayo Olashoju expressed delight at the return of the month-long tournament which was preceded by qualifiers in late January. “In recent years, Lagos Polo Club is evolving. We keep showing how polo should be played in the 21st century not only in Nigeria but globally. With five teams competing in the Majekodunmi Cup, which is unprecedented, we have taken polo to a very high level that has never been seen in this part of the world,” he said.
Players from Argentina, France, South Africa, among others, will feature and Olashoju assured that all COVID-19 protocols are in place promising safety of all polo lovers who will throng the venue.
Two Lagos teams Leighton Kings and Caverton will jostle for the Majek Cup alongside Almat from Abuja, Lintex From Kano and Malcomites from Jos. Four Lagos teams will feature in the Open Cup while four others are from Abuja, Jos, Kano, and Port Harcourt.
The Group Head, Corporate Communications GTCO, Oyinade Adegite declared that their sponsoring the tournament is a commitment to purpose stating things keep changing for good every year regarding the tournament.
She said, “For us at GTCO, it’s about a great customer experience. Polo is known as the game of kings and anywhere kings are, our customers need to be there. We look forward to being partners with the Lagos Polo Club for a very long time.”
Tournament Director, Seyi Oyinlola expressed delight at the commitment of the sponsors which he described as top-notch. He declared that this year promises to be much better in terms of organisation, standard of play, and other areas.
Apart from the four main cups (Majekodunmi, Open, Low, and Silver), teams will also vie for subsidiary cups while Dapo Ojora Memorial Cup as well as Chief of Naval Staff Cup which are both new will also be competed for.