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Why polo is winning own fans, creating new bonds

Philip Arunga playing for the MICT team during the Nairobi International Polo Tournament at Nairobi Polo Club in September. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU
Philip Arunga playing for the MICT team during the Nairobi International Polo Tournament at Nairobi Polo Club in September. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU 

On a glorious day when a majority of Kenyans take leisure after gruelling office days, it takes one about an hour to drive from the ever-engaging streets of Nairobi’s city centre to the wire fence demarcating the Nairobi Polo Club.

Adorned at the gate is a white board. ‘Welcome to Nairobi Polo Club’. Then there are fields. And stables. The stabling can handle 90 horses with additional stables at Jamhuri Park.

Also, there is a beautiful stand that can sit hundreds of spectators, and a refreshment joint.

Kenya is slowly morphing into an impressive amount of horse-and-mallet athleticism, ranging from inter-regional activities to international competitions.

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