LAHORE - The Lulusar Polo in Pink Tournament 2021 got underway on Tuesday here at the Lahore Polo Club ground with participation of international ladies’ team making the event more colorful and enthralling one. 

Total 11 teams are exhibiting their prowess in this prestigious tournament, which is the annual polo tournament of Lahore Polo Club while the club has a long history of arranging events for social causes and this year, partnering with them is the famous online brand called Lulusar. To raise awareness of breast cancer and to raise funds for a specialized breast cancer hospital in Lahore, the Pink Ribbon Pakistan are co-hosts of this prestigious event. 

Addressing the media during a press conference held here on Tuesday, Lahore Polo Club President Umar Sadik said: “We have a very rich tradition of polo that dates back to centuries. Just like Lahore is the heart of Pakistan, Lahore Polo Club is the heart of polo in Pakistan. We are grateful to our title sponsors Lulusar and other sponsors namely SS Group and Happy Cow Cheese, who have joined hands to make this event successful and to raise awareness of breast cancer in Pakistan. 

“This event has grown in stature over the years and we have now gone global with this cause by associating this with the international pink ribbon campaign. This year, we have unique pleasure of hosting five international lady polo players, who have travelled from all over the world to show their support to this cause and to display their skills on the polo field. This is the first time that an international ladies team of this caliber is visiting Pakistan and it is a great honor for our country, especially its sports that these players have made the effort to be here.”

Founder and CEO Pink Ribbon Omer Aftab said: “Polo in Pink event is a fun day out created to support breast cancer awareness in Pakistan. This is a wonderful initiative and we are confident that it will help Pink Ribbon extend its message to the masses. The aim of this event is to disseminate information regarding breast cancer prevention, early detection and treatment to save more than 40,000 women dying from cancer every year.”

Azfar Hasan, CEO of Lulusar, said: “Lulusar is proud to be a part of the Pink Ribbon awareness campaign at the event on Oct 31 at Lahore Polo Club. Lulusar is not just a brand, but a community for women to bring them together in support of their causes and to address their concerns. We wish the organizers success in all their endeavors to bring good health to our families and community.”

Fawad Shah (COO) said: “Lulusar is proud to present ‘Polo in Pink’, an event for breast cancer awareness, organized in collaboration with Pink Ribbon and Lahore Polo Club. We would like to extend our support to women from all walks of life, acknowledging and supporting the resilience with which multiple women have battled with breast cancer. We hope that this event allows us to connect to our community, and garner more support for the cause at hand.”

Later, three matches were played on the opening day. In the first match of the day, Guard Group/Black routed Nagina Group by 8-5. Saqib Khan Khakwani was hero of the match with five goals while Taimur Ali Malik converted three. The second match proved to be a thrilling one, where Habib Metro Lions defeated Remington Pharma by 5-4. Mumtaz Abbas Niazi was star from the winning side with three goals while Raffay Sheikh and Abbas Mukhtar hit one each. Shah ShymylAlam and Ahmed Bilal Riaz thrashed in three goals each to guide Airlink Eagles to 7½-7 win over ZS Polo.