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Singapore to Debut in Polo Series

Date:    Monday, September 8, 2014

We are pleased to announce the debut of Singapore playing against USA this Saturday, Sept. 13 at 4pm in the 23rd season of the NBC-10 Newport International Polo Series, Presented by BMW. As the polo season winds down in the Northeast for its September finale, a 4-member team is enroute to Newport, Rhode Island this week to make its national debut during the sport’s September hiatus in Singapore. The sport is played nearly year-round in the equatorial southeast Asian island nation, where polo became officially organized as a sport in 1886 by the officers of the King’s Own Regiment, the 1st Battalion when it was under British sovereignty, in the same era as polo took hold in the US. Today there are approximately 100 active polo players in the nation’s only polo club. Playing for Singapore will be cousins Ameer Jumabhoy, Imran Jumabhoy, Rooney Kai Ang and Hans Chia. “We are honored to have teams travel such great distances to play in our Polo Series” says Dan Keating, USA Team Captain, “The Singapore team will be flying for nearly 24 hours from ½ around the world! We hope our fans will come out to welcome them.” The Republic of Singapore is a sovereign city-state and island country, made up of one main island and more than 60 islets off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. The highly urbanized country is one of the world’s major commercial hubs, with the world’s 5th busiest port, once a trading post for the East India Company and became independent in 1963. Tickets are available online at www.nptpolo.com and at the entry gates on Saturday, at noon for the 4pm match at the International Polo Grounds at Glen Farm, 715 East Main Road/Rte.138 in Portsmouth, RI. Families and friends can enjoy mild & sunny autumn weather which calls for pleasant temperatures to enjoy picnicking and recreating on the polo grounds prior to the match. The 2-hour match will conclude with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne toast & trophy presentation of the silver liberty cup, and autograph signing. September also features top regional rivals for an action-packed month of remaining matches to conclude an 18-week run for its 23rd season from June through September. The Newport International Polo Series' public exhibition polo matches are one of the region's most popular summer attractions and oldest traditions. Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are a unique and popular summertime tradition, open to the public. Audiences of several thousand spectators enjoy cheering for the international guests, as well as teams representing major US cities, playing against the home team. With the addition of Sweden and Singapore this year, the Polo Series will have hosted 30 nations over its 23 seasons including England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, India, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Barbados, Canada, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Kenya, Brazil, China, Italy and Mexico.