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Saji Chacko
The writer is a senior journalist and Consulting Editor of Khel Mitra


A lot of pegging for Tent Pegging

Heading International Conference on Tent Pegging  a major event

Traditionally, Tent Pegging has been the forte of Indian riders- evidence of this comes in the form of Indian riders winning the gold medal in this event at the Asian Games in 1982. Unfortunately, this discipline was stopped from the Olympic fold. Now in an attempt to revive this sport for the next Asian Games in China (2022), the road map to ensure Tent Pegging gets its due back in the Olympic fold, an international equestrian webinar was held. Among other things discussed was the road ahead to be taken for the sport of tent pegging which the delegates felt should have its right place under the sun.

The inaugural International Conference on Equestrian Tent Pegging & its Future, an initiative of  Equiwings Sports in association with Federation for Promotion of Global Economic & Cultural Relations (FGECR) was organised on Saturday.

The Road for Tent Pegging to become an Olympic Sport was discussed in detail and the road-map for Development of the Sport Internationally particularly in the Asian Region was discussed. The Asian Equestrian Federation (AEF) Tent Pegging Committee has decided to re-introduce Tent Pegging in ASIAN GAMES in China in 2022. Tent Pegging was last played in Delhi Asian Games in 1982, where India had won a gold medal.

The Webinar brought together all stake holders of Equestrian Tent Pegging from across the globe. The stake holders are primarily the Tent Pegging players at International, National, State and Local levels along-with Tent Pegging Coaches, Administrators, Promoters, National Federations, Clubs, Schools, Sponsors, Service Providers, Sports Event Managers, Sports Journalists, TV Broadcasters and Equipment Manufacturers.

The main objective of this conference was able to disseminate the latest information from the Leaders of Tent Pegging Fraternity and also an attempt to take stock of the work done in the last decade. 

Another very important topic which was discussed in this platform was what the future holds for Tent Pegging around the world. The Conference will also outline the scope and opportunities offered by the pursuant of the Sport.

The Conference held in the backdrop of India’s Ajay Sawant being conferred with India’s prestigious ARJUNA AWARD for his International performance in Tent Pegging. Some of the leading luminaries who took part in this webinar include the President –International Tent Pegging Federation (ITPF), Dalene Baksa (Head, women’s committee-ITPF), Paul Brown (President, British Tent Pegging Association and European Tent Pegging Federation, Mohd Salim Al Maliki, Maj Gen  N.S. Rajpurohit (Ex member – Equestrian Federation of India), Col Jaiveer Singh (Secy Gen, EFI) and Brijesh Mathur,

On his part, Sheikh Md Issa Al Fairuz ,President ITPF, said that the world body has been quite proactive when it came to promoting the cause of Tent Pegging. “We at the ITPF have been at the forefront of furthering the cause of Tent Pegging. It demands a high level of skill from both man and horse. Let’s see how it all pans out in the coming time,” he added.

The Conference had representation from Top Equestrian Tent Pegging Administrators from all continents. The total online registration of the conference reached 722 from 19 countries like Oman, India, Germany, USA, Pakistan, Nepal, Norway, Canada, Egypt, Sudan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, South Africa, Great Britain, Morocco, Yemen and Australia.

“As India is a leading force in promotion & development of Equestrian Tent Pegging, the future development course will likely be more dependent on India to take this Sports & its players to the next level,” opined Ahmad Afsar whose company Equiwings was instrumental in hosting the webinar. ,Afsar is also  a former coach and manager of Indian Tent Pegging Team. He was also the coach of Team India which had Ajay Sawant. 

“The Federation for Promotion of Global Economic & Cultural Relations (FGECR), the organiser of the Conference conveyed their full support for the development of Tent Pegging,” said Brijesh Mathur, President of FGECR.  Sachin Vats, Chairman of Gurukul Horse Riding Club and Vice-President of FGECR thanked all International Speakers and participants who made the conference a super success.

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