Winter at Tantora festival: First desert polo tournament kicks off

Saudi Arabia’s first desert polo tournament kicks off on Thursday. (SPA)
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Updated 10 February 2020

Winter at Tantora festival: First desert polo tournament kicks off

  • The AlUla region provides the perfect natural stage to witness some of the greatest polo stars on the planet in action

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s first desert polo tournament kicks off on Thursday amid the spectacular surroundings of the AlUla UNESCO heritage site.
The three-day event, organized by the Royal Commission for AlUla and the Saudi Polo Federation, is part of the Winter at Tantora festival and will feature leading international polo players competing in a desert environment — a world first.
Competitors include Argentine Pablo Mac Donough, leading a La Dolfina team fresh from an 11th victory at the Argentinian Open.

As one of the long-term supporters of this prestigious sport, Richard Mille will be the official timekeeper and title sponsor of the exclusive event.

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The Royal Commission for AlUla in cooperation with Saudi Polo Federation breaks new ground with the staging of the first desert polo tournament in the Kingdom.

“We are proud to be part of this significant event and to support the continuous development of polo in Saudi Arabia. The AlUla region provides the perfect natural stage to witness some of the greatest polo stars on the planet in action. We are really looking forward to the tournament and wish all its participants the best of luck” said Peter Harrison, CEO of Richard Mille EMEA.

For his part, Saudi Polo Federation Chairan Amr F. Zedan said: “Richard Mille has always had a strong connection with the world of sport and we are delighted to partner with such a prestigious brand as we continue to proactively promote this exciting and beautiful sport in the Kingdom.    


‘Liverpool spirits are high’ despite virus lockdown

Jurgen Klopp
Updated 28 March 2020

‘Liverpool spirits are high’ despite virus lockdown

  • Klopp praised the efforts of Liverpool and other clubs in helping support more vulnerable members of the community during the current crisis

Jurgen Klopp says the mood at Liverpool is upbeat despite the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown, even admitting he has tried to copy Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s dance moves to keep himself occupied.
The Premier League leaders were on the verge of their first top-flight title for 30 years when English football was suspended earlier this month.
Klopp said his players’ spirits remained high despite the frustrations of having no football to play and praised the efforts of his backroom staff who are looking after the players’ fitness.
“We spoke a couple of times, we have a really intense, big, big group chat — the whole of Melwood (training ground) are in that,” he said, speaking to the club’s website by videolink from his home.
“The boys are really lively in that, the boys are just interested in what everybody is doing, comments on what everybody is doing — if Ox is on Instagram or whatever.”
Midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain and his girlfriend, Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards, performed a dance routine, which she posted on social media.
Teammate James Milner played up to his “boring James Milner” tag by posting a video of himself cutting his grass with a ruler and scissors.
“I didn’t cut the grass but I tried the dance of Ox,” said Klopp. “Not as bad as you probably think. It’s very important in these times that we all show we take this situation seriously, but we are human beings.”

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Jurgen Klopp praises the efforts of Liverpool and other clubs in helping support more vulnerable members of the community during the current crisis. He urges people to abide by the lockdown.

“If the boys do anything on Instagram, as long as it’s in a legal frame I’m overly happy about it — it just shows they are still cheeky and all that stuff,” he added.
Klopp praised the efforts of Liverpool and other clubs in helping support more vulnerable members of the community during the current crisis.
And he urged people to abide by the lockdown.
“The only way to get football back as soon as possible, if that’s what the people want, the more disciplined we are now the earlier we will get, piece by piece by piece, our life back,” Klopp said. “That’s how it is.”
“At one point we will play football again as well, 100 percent,” he added. “I couldn’t wish more for it because of a few really good reasons, how you can imagine. I can’t wait actually, but even I have to be disciplined and I try to be as much as I can.”