Hong Kong regains snow polo championship

Updated: 2013-02-05 15:24


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The Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cup 2013 invitational tournament concluded on Sunday at Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club, with Hong Kong topping the 12-team field.

The final day began in falling snow with England and South Africa, two countries with long-established polo traditions, competing for third place. The match ended with England emerging victorious 6-3.

In the final, Hong Kong and Argentina faced off again this year, as they did in the 2012 final. In the end, Hong Kong successfully defended its championship, 5-4.

This is the second year running that Metropolitan Polo Club, the largest polo facility in China, has been chosen as the venue for the event.

The 12 teams in this year's tournament had handicaps ranging from 14 to 16 goals.

The teams, selected in cooperation with the Federation of International Polo, represented nine of the top 10 polo countries and regions, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, England, France, Hong Kong of China, India, New Zealand, South Africa and the US.

The tournament was hosted by the Equestrian Association of China and the FIP.