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Polo in Pakistan

By Linda Tancs

Amidst the political turmoil and violence of Pakistan, one might hardly expect to find the genteel sport of polo–the ancient pursuit of kings and noblemen.  Yet that is exactly what you will find at a polo club in Lahore, Pakistan’s second largest city.  Lahore Polo Club is one of the oldest clubs in the world, attracting foreign dignitaries from around the globe to watch or play.  Not surprisingly, the 1000-year-old practice there has produced some of the most internationally recognized players like the brothers Baig.  Even women are encouraged to play.  Sometimes a model for egalitarianism is found in the most unusual of places.

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