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Kuala Lumpur: A Polo Destination And Center for Breast Cancer Awareness

Kuala Lumpur: A Polo Destination And Center for Breast Cancer Awareness

Katya Prunkova

Pink Polo Kuala Lumpur was a charity event organized by the Royal Malaysian Polo Association (RMPA) with the Royal Selangor Polo Club (RSPC) to help raise funds to support PRIDE Foundation during the Malaysian Ladies Polo Championships 2016 (MLPC).

Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia, boasting gleaming skyscrapers, colonial architecture, charming locals, and a myriad of natural attractions.

The city’s name Kuala Lumpur, also known as KL, literally means, ‘Muddy Confluence.’ Over the years, Kuala Lumpur grew into an important Asian city. Within Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is seen as the center of the country; as they say, “it all happens in KL.” 

Kuala Lumpur has a year-round tropical climate which is warm and sunny, along with abundant rainfall. Shop ‘til you drop in Bukit Bintang, gaze upon the city from the top of the Petronas Towers or find serenity in its numerous parks. Day and night, Malaysia’s capital has something for everyone.

PRIDE Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 2006, which aims to enhance awareness efforts and improve the accessibility of treatment and care of breast cancer patients in Malaysia.

Pink Polo Kuala Lumpur aims to raise awareness for breast cancer and to empower women through their participation in riding and polo, with the opportunity to contribute towards a worthy cause in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness month. Working in collaboration with PRIDE Foundation, Pink Polo Kuala Lumpur successfully raised RM30,000 for the “Pink Polo with PRIDE” charity event.

Datin Nurul Husna, the chairperson of Pink Polo Kuala Lumpur, quoted Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” She believes that women are strong role models and are able to achieve any goals they set, with determination and hard work. As part of a small group of women who play in a male-dominated sport, these ladies prove that they are accomplished polo players.

“We ladies have vital influential roles; it is important to uplift and encourage other women as well as show our support and to give back to society,” Datin Nurul concluded.

The 5th Malaysian Ladies Polo Championships 2016, organized by RMPA, was held from September 28 to October 2 as part of RMPA’s 2016 Festival of Polo, which also included the Malaysia Cup and FIP International Umpires Seminar.

Sponsors for the 2016 Festival of Polo are Royal Salute, EFG Private Bank, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Celcom Axiata, Royal Selangor Polo Club, Zack’s Tack, MiCasa All-Suites Hotel, BMW Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Lewré, and Harper’s Bazaar.

The 5th Malaysian Ladies Polo Championships is recognized by Women’s Championship Tournament (WCT), whereby the winners of this event are eligible to play in the WCT Finals, played yearly in the USA. The three teams that participated in this year’s MLPC were La Familia-Windhorse, Turtle Power, and Las Entangadas; the venue was the Royal Selangor Polo Club in Kuala Lumpur. Members of these teams are Datin Nurul Husna, Lim Siu Tin, Jennifer Too, and top American lady player Sunny Hale (LaFamilia-Windhorse), Haseena Sharis Osman, Abigail Slater, England’s Sarah Wiseman, and Australia’s Billie Mascart (Turtle Power), and Deborah Bottreau, France’s Isabelle Larenaudie, Shahida Hasan, and England’s Emma Boers, with Hannah Daniels as reserve (Las Entangadas). Turtle Power won the tournament.

For Sarah Wiseman, it was a fourth consecutive win in the Malaysian Ladies tournament. She first won it with La Pampa GTM in 2013 and 2014, with Mahi-Mahi in 2015, and this season with Turtle Power.

Abigail Slater was awarded an engraved Jaeger-LeCoutre Ladies Reverso for her Best Playing Patron performance.

About the Royal Malaysian Polo Association

The Royal Malaysian Polo Association was founded in 1922. It is the governing body of the sport of polo in Malaysia. The Royal Malaysian Polo Association is recognized by and is affiliated to the Federation of International Polo, Hurlingham Polo Association, and Olympic Council of Malaysia.

The association comprises of twelve affiliated clubs in Malaysia and two associated clubs in Thailand and Singapore. There are 300 registered polo players in Malaysia.

The Royal Malaysian Polo Association organizes three polo leagues and two other tournaments played every year. It will host the FIP World Cup Zone D Playoffs in February 2017 and organize polo at the 29th Southeast Asian Games in August 2017.

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About The Royal Selangor Polo Club

The Royal Selangor Polo Club was founded in 1902 and is one of the few polo clubs in the world that exist in a downtown location, located in Kuala Lumpur city center. Polo here is a central focus. The Royal Selangor Polo Club is a member of the Royal Malaysian Polo Association.

The Club has stables for member’s horses, has an active riding section, and polo is played four times a week, weather permitting. It also has one of the oldest bars in Kuala Lumpur.

The Game of Kings attracts not only royalty, but politicians, corporate leaders, and diplomats. And the Royal Selangor Polo Club is no exception. It is not only Kuala Lumpur’s central Polo ground, but a hive of social and family activity.

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