Hosted bi-annually by the Thailand Polo Association, the All Asia Cup 2020 is considered one of Asia’s leading polo events, and attracts great interest from various Asian countries. A stage for local Thai equestrians to hone their skills, showcase their talents, and partake in friendly — but still highly competitive — matches against international teams, the event is always one to eye whenever it comes around. This year, the All Asia Cup welcomed six Asian countries, along with an impressive list of highly-reputed polo players including HRH Princess Azemah Bolkiah, HRH Prince Jefri Bolkiah, and HH Prince Bahar Bolkiah. We are once again fuelled with a sense of Thai pride as Thailand’s national team manages to take home the championship trophy for the fourth consecutive year.
The final match saw the Thai national team in a rather intense face-off against the Philippines — with the theme of the match following a concept of “Honouring to the Spirit of Asia”. With such a theme, the match naturally expressed the spirit of strength and unity that is reflected through this sport, and was well attended by an impressive host of stars and celebrities at VS Sports Club, Bang Bo District, Samut Prakan Province.
The concept was further expressed through a dressage demonstration, which reflected how in polo, a key aspect is the way in which a rider and horse works as one — an ode to unity. Other entertainment included a special ‘The Harmony of Spirits’ show, which combined three elements of Thai identity to reflect the nation’s past and present, as well as a shadow puppet performance, and the Thai art form of masked Khon dancing.
Final match aside, this particular round held extra significance, as the two teams had previously competed against each other in 2018 — making this year’s final very much a “rematch” for the two. As only to be expected from two great teams, the competition proved to be a very tense and exciting one, resulting in a victory for the Thai national team, by a score of 7 and ½ to 4. Scroll through the gallery below to see more of the event.
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