Curtain falls on two-day tent-pegging extravaganza

LAHORE: A two-day tent pegging competition organised by the Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) at the Fortress Stadium concluded on Sunday, its spokesperson said.

Neatly dressed skilled horse riders, both men and women, across the country gathered over the weekend to compete at the “Chief Minister Tent Pegging Championship” to show their mettle. This included professional riders as well as participants from the police and paramilitary forces.

According to the spokesperson, the majority of the participants were from interior Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where tent pegging is hugely popular within the local communities.

Ancient military tactic turned modern sport, the roots of tent pegging are debated, with some suggesting ties to Alexander the Great or the Persian empire. However, historical records link its origin to Indian cavalry during the British Raj.

PHA Director General Muhammad Tahir Wattoo extended a warm welcome to the chief guest, caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi, at the venue.

During the closing ceremony, Mr. Naqvi presented prizes to the winning teams and individuals.

Mr. Wattoo pointed out that tent pegging, an important sport for warriors in history, is now a key part of PHA’s sports activities. He also stressed the crucial role of government patronage in ensuring the survival and flourishing of tent pegging.

PHA, he added, is committed to expanding opportunities for sports and recreational activities for the residents of Lahore.

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