Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The 13th edition of Pink Polo Day will mark the beginning of the 2022–2023 season at the iconic Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club (GRPC) in Abu Dhabi.
Taking place under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club, Pink Polo Day is an inspiring initiative aimed at raising awareness about breast cancer in the UAE and the wider region.
Sheikh Falah said: “The Pink Polo Day initiative falls in line with the club’s community role — to support women’s health through fitness activities, seminars, and various services that motivate them to take care of themselves and to be able to care for their families.”
The details of the event and the new season were disclosed in a press conference held at the Jannah Burj Al Sarab Hotel in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
The event is scheduled to take place on November 5 with the Ghantoot A Polo team facing the Ghantoot B team.
Ghantoot A Polo team features Her Highness Sheikha Alia Al Maktoum, Fahad Al Qubaisi, Mohammed Al Habtoor, and Nasser Al Shamsi.
Rashid Al Falahi, Petra B Spanko, Yousuf Bin Desmal, and Ali Al Marri round out the Ghantoot B lineup.
Khalid Saeed Al Marzooqi, Executive Director of the Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club, said: “Pink Polo Day will definitely help raise awareness about breast cancer. Such events are an integral part of the policy at Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club.
“We have been working with our committed sponsors, friends and patrons of Ghantoot to make this event a success,” he added.
On November 26, an exhibition match to mark UAE National Day will take place after the Pink Polo event.
Later, the Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club will host the prestigious Emirates Polo Championship International from December 7–17.
Adding another charitable event, the Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club will host a Red Crescent Polo match on January 7, 2023.
The next event in the club’s calendar is the Sultan Bin Zayed Polo Cup, taking place from January 23 to February 4, 2023.
The Sultan Bin Zayed Polo Cup will be followed by Al Amal Polo Day, which is scheduled for February 18, 2022.
The highlight of the UAE polo season, and one of the UAE’s most-anticipated tournaments, is the HH President of the UAE Polo Cup, slated for March 6–18, 2023.
Saeed Bin Hoofan Al Mansouri, Vice Chairman of Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club, thanked the sponsors for supporting the club’s initiative.
Taking place in association with Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), the Pink Polo Day will also mark the resumption of equestrian activities at Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club and is supported by Jannah Hotel Group, Beverly Hills, Reem Hospital, Mediclinic, Al Manara pharmacy, tips and toes, Bedashing, HOB, Emirates Park Zoo, and American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Richard Haddad, CEO of Jannah Hotel Group, said: “We are proud to be the official hotel sponsor of the polo tournaments and exhibition polo events at Ghantoot Racing and Club. There’s a series of very exciting matches and exhibitions in the pipeline, including the Pink Polo Match, in-line with the breast cancer awareness campaign, taking place on November 5.
“As well as UAE National Day Polo Exhibition Match, Emirates Polo Championship International, Red Crescent Charity Polo Match, Sultan Bin Zayed Polo Cup, Al Amal Polo Day, and HH President of the UAE Polo Cup. We look forward to kicking off this relationship with Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club and working closely with the team to make each one of these matches and exhibitions a success.”
Reem Hospital is pleased to be a medical partner of the Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club’s Pink Polo initiative for the second consecutive year.
The hospital is offering medical screenings to raise awareness of the dangers of breast cancer and stress the need for early screening to combat the disease.
Zaid Al Siksek, Chairman of Reem Hospital, said, “We are proud of our support for such important initiatives and especially for this unique event, which helps raise awareness in our community, as breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UAE and the second leading cause of death among women.”