The Mongols invade St. Moritz
November 4, 2008 · Print This Article
It is debatable if the King of sports and the sport of Kings originates in Persia – or Mongolia. Sure is, that polo was populaar during the time of the great Genghis Khan and even before that. It is believed that the Mongols enjoy polo since 600 B.C.
Polo carries a similar weight of legends and prestige as does caviar. For the 25th anniversary of the Cartier Polo World Cup o Snow in St. Moritz, the events guest country will be Mongolia.Its culture will be presented in form of a VIP-tent (a so called ‘yurt’) with a traditionally decorated lounge, Mongolian music and vodka and the entire VIP-Marquee comes in a Mongolian style too. There will be traditionally dressed Mongolian ladies for the prize giving and before the games Mongolians dressed as warriors present the teams. Rumors has it, that the president himself or Prime Minister will attend the event.
Back in August 2008 a delegation of St. Moritz Polo AG visited Mongolia. During their stay members of the St. Moritz Polo Club competed against a native polo team – and won! The fruits of this undergoing is a new partnership between the St. Moritz Polo AG and the Mongolian Polo Federation with the objective to promote future cultural and polo events. Sure two countries with huge cultural differences, but united through the sport of polo!