Polo in PAKISTAN
Polo, is believed to have originated in Central Asia, and continues to be an important sport within the country with several large annual competitions. The Shandur Polo Tournament, played at the world's highest pologround every June, is one of the biggest tourist draws to Chitral and Gilgit in Northern Pakistan. The Shandur Pass was picked as the location because, at 11,000 ft above sea level, it was seen as a ridge between heaven and hell. Key tournaments of the season are the Uprising Day tournament in early November in Gilgit, or the Pakistan Independence Day tournament in Skardu, early August. The Pakistan Polo Association (PPA) organise the sport, and the national side takes part in the Polo World Cup. Polo is played professionally with a number ofArgentine players playing in Pakistan. Notable players include: Murad Ismail, Raja Sami Ullah,Raza Muhammad Ali Khan Bangash and Hissam Ali Haider. Raza Bangash is Pakistan's No.1 Polo Player since June 2009 Playing for President's Body Guard Team.