Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The British Army’s polo team engaged with its Mongolian counterpart in a fierce but friendly polo tournament at an army base in Khentii aimag last weekend, reported the British Embassy in Ulaanbaatar on Thursday.
Armed only with the traditional ball and sticks, a thrilling display of tactics and horsemanship skills by both sides ended in a narrow win by the British team in the eastern Mongolia province where Chingis Khaan was born. But the Mongolian Army will have a chance to even the score when it visits the UK’s Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst for a return match in July.
Polo is thought to have been invented by the horse-loving Mongolians, but the modern international form of the game is played by rules developed by the British.
Mongolia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Purevsuren awarded the prizes together with Vice Minister of Defence Battur and Andrew Allen, Charge D’Affaires at the British Embassy, who said:”The British Army polo team came to Mongolia for a week to train our Mongolian Army friends in the European version of this ancient game. While the resulting sport was great to see and while new bonds were formed between our militaries, I see this as part of our joint efforts to develop a broader and deeper relationship between our countries, going beyond trade and investment and into defence and security, culture, education and tourism. We look forward to the return match at Sandhurst, and to returning Mongolia’s warm and generous hospitality.”