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Kangimi Resort plays host to the first international bicycle polo tournament in Nigeria. Hardcore bike polo players from London and Paris flew to Kaduna State to showcase the sport to die-hard pony players.
Bike polo has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, with clubs popping up in cities across almost every continent, but it was the first time that it has made an appearance in Africa. Eight hardcore bike polo players and bikes were flown over from the UK and Paris to demonstrate their skills to a crowd of over 2000 local and international spectators at the annual African Patrons Cup at Fifth Chukker Polo Club in Kaduna.
The hardcore bike polo rules were altered slightly so as to closely mimic traditional equestrian polo, the match was played in chukkas and started with the customary 'throw-in'. As the commentator revved up the crowds, the players began a high-speed, spirited game. The players raced up and down the pitch displaying astonishing bike handling skills at the same time as controlling the ball and performing effortless teamwork.
This is far from the conventional image of polo. But Fifth Chukker is not your average polo club. Since 2001, it has transformed a piece of arid pastureland into Nigeria's leading international sports resort, largely due to its openness to trying new things.
Commenting after the game, Fifth Chukker founder Adamu Atta said: "Bike polo shows that polo is not all about horses. It is accessible to the masses and I am optimistic that this new activity will be a success in Nigeria". On the back of the interest the bike polo generated, the resort is looking to
develop its bike polo facilities - the bikes are already owned by the resort and a flat concrete area has been unofficially earmarked - and create further tournaments in 2012 and beyond.
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