CHITRAL: The three-day Shandur polo festival ended at the world’s highest polo ground here on Monday with the local team winning the contest.
More than 30,000 people, both from Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan and other parts of the country, visited the place, which is 12,304 feet above sea level.
The event organised by the local administration with the financial support of the Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa included cultural and paragliding shows, and display of performing arts and fireworks.
The Kalash people sang songs and performed traditional dances.
Inspector general of the Frontier Corps, KP North, Maj-Gen Waseem Ashraf was the chief guest on the final day of the festival. He gave away prizes to the players.
The Chitral team won the contest by scoring 10 goals against GB’s five.
The special prize of best scorer was given away to Shahzada Sikandar of the Chitral team, while his teammate, Izhar Ali, was declared the man of the festival. Muzaffar Hussain of the GB team was named the best player of the final match. The participants complained about lack of facilities, especially seats, toilets and drinking water.