Former multiple world record holder Tegla Loroupe lauded the conveners and sponsors of the Maria Bencivenga Memorial Trophy. The tournament which took place recently at the Nairobi Polo Club was the 20th iteration of the polo tournament. It was played in honor of the late Maria Bencivenga.
Together with her husband, the late Maria Bencivenga were devout polo players who also bred quality polo ponies. The Maria Bencivenga tournament is popular for its unique requirement that each team must have a lady player on the field.
Ambassador Tegla Loroupe On The Tournament
Ambassador Tegla Loroupe, commended the tournament. “The Maria Bencivenga Trophy is an important tournament that empowers women by allowing them to play together with men on the same field. This is a great step towards achieving gender equality in sports. It is very encouraging to see women being given equal opportunities to showcase their skills and talents in the sport. Sport is what got me to where I am today, therefore I would like to appreciate the sponsors and the Nairobi Polo Club for making all this happen today.” She said.
Ambassador Tegla Loroupe has been at the forefront of promoting sports and gender equity in Kenya and beyond. For instance, through the Tegla Louroupe Peace Foundation, she has trained numerous young athletes who have competed in Peace Races held in conflict areas in Kenya, Uganda, and other conflict areas. Additionally, the peace races organized by the foundation have brought together communities. All to promote awareness of girl child rights, foster education, and champion peace and cooperation for the future.
Sabina Bencivenga, daughter to the late Maria Bencivenga, echoed Tegla’s sentiments noting, “I believe the tournament has been successful in promoting women’s participation in the sport and also remembering my mother’s legacy.”
The January flurry of polo action continues this weekend at the Nairobi Polo Club. Here, the Soldier’s Salute tournament, convened by Maj. (Rtd.) Jamie Hayward will be playing. Secure your tickets on TicketSasa.