& CULTURAL NEWS©
first ever polo tournament for ladies in modern
Iranian history is to be held on Thursday,
September 15, 2005 in Tehran.
In this event which is to be held in Shohada
stadium tomorrow at 4:30 pm, two teams, Ghasre
Firouzeh and Kanoon-e-Chogan (Polo Institute) take
part and compete at the (0 to -6) goal level.
Spectators of both sexes are allowed to watch the
competition in the stadium.
The tournament is named “Iranian Literature
cup” due to numerous references of women’s
polo matches that exist in Iranian poetry and
literature and the coincidence of the event with
Iranian national day of poetry and literature.
In a letter faxed to CHN, Houman Bagheri Fakhr,
secretary of Polo Federation of Iran, expressed
hope to stage this tournament annually and
explained, “the Polo Federation of Iran, through
holding this inaugural tournament, aims to revive
a historical Iranian tradition.”
Polo, an Iranian traditional sport, was known to
be extremely popular among women in ancient Persia
and historical and literary texts feature several
references to women’s polo.