ADCB Ready To Defend Pink Polo Title
Bank Team Face New Opponents, St. Regis, In Annual Charity Match
The runners and riders are getting ready for the claxon ahead of the third
renewal of the Pink Polo breast cancer awareness match at Ghantoot Racing
& Polo Club on November 10.
The tournament presenting partner, ADCB, is fielding a polo team who are
currently putting the finishing touches to their training plan as they prepare to
defend their 2011 Pink Polo title from new rivals, St Regis Hotels & Resorts.
Featuring Emirati players, Ali Al Merri, Ahmed Al Nuaimi, Nasser Al Dhahri
and Argentine ace, Oscar Colombres, the ADCB team are out to defend the
Pink Polo title they claimed last season.
St Regis will field a side consisting of Abdulla Bin Desmal, Ahmed Bin
Desmal, Nasser Al Shamsi and Argentine player, Nicolas Petrachi.
Pink Polo, which was launched three years ago, is designed to raise breast
cancer awareness among both men and women in the UAE community
through a unique sporting initiative.
It has been held at Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, which is chaired by Sheikh
Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Vice chairman of GRPC, HE Saeed Bin Houfan Al Mansoori, is looking
forward to welcoming members of the public to the exclusive venue.
“It is always gratifying when we are able to throw open our gates and invite
the community to come and share in our love of polo,” he said. “It is even
more satisfying when we are supporting such an important cause and we are
proud that we have been associated with Pink Polo since the very beginning
of the concept.”
The players have been outing ion the hours on the training pitch to prepare for
the season-opening match.
“We have been training hard for this match,” said ADCB’s Colombres. “It is
the first event on the Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club calendar and everybody
wants to make a good start to the season.”
“Pink Polo always gets a big crowd and its great to play in front of thousands
of people and for such a good cause.”
St Regis polo player, Ahmed Bin Desmal said his side was ready to challenge
ADCB for the title.
“We are still at the start of the season but we are ready and our ponies are
ready,” “The anticipation has been building and now we really just want to
get out there and start playing. “Having a good match at this stage in the
season can really set a player up for the rest of the UAE polo calendar, so its
important to make sure that we are firing early.”
Paul James, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, and W
Hotels & Resorts commented on the brand’s first participation in a Middle
East polo event. “We are thrilled to be a part of Pink Polo and support such
an important cause through the sport, which is an innate part of the St. Regis
Dr. Majdi Abd El Muhdi, Head of Corporate Communications as ADCB said:
he was hopeful his side could retain their crown. “I know that the players have
been working hard and I wish them good luck as they take to the pitch,” he
said. “ADCB has been associated with Pink Polo since its inception and we
are very happy with our continued involvement in this unique project which
uses a fun and family friendly sporting vehicle to raise awareness of a very
Pink Polo, presented by ADCB is supported by official partners: ADAC,
Etihad Airways, Mercedes -Benz, Omnia and Roche as well as Government
supporting partners Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Health Authority Abu Dhabi
and Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club.
Gates open at 2pm and polo starts at 5pm. Pink Polo is a free family day out
featuring activities for all the family.
To find out more visit www.pinkpolo.ae
1. Ali Al Merri (0)
2. Ahmed Al Nuaimi (0)
3. Nasser Al Dhari (1)
4. Oscar Colombres (5)
Team hcp 6
1. Abdulla Bin Desmal (0)
2. Ahmed Bin Desmal (0)
3. Nasser Al Shamsi (1)
4. Nicolas Petrachi (4)
Team hcp 5
About the Presenting Sponsor Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank: ADCB was formed in 1985 and as at 30 June 2011
employed over 3,813 people from 49 nationalities, serving over 480,000 retail customers and over 33,000 wholesale
clients in 45 branches, 4 pay offices and 1 kiosk in the UAE and two branches in India. It is the third largest bank in the
UAE and second largest in Abu Dhabi by assets, at AED 179 bn as at 30 June 2011.
ADCB is a full-service commercial bank which offers a wide range of products and services such as retail banking,
wealth management, private banking, corporate banking, commercial banking, cash management, investment banking,
corporate finance, foreign exchange, interest rate, currency, derivative and Islamic products, project finance and
property management services.
ADCB is owned 58.08% by the Abu Dhabi Government through the Abu Dhabi Investment Council. Its shares are
traded on the Abu Dhabi Securities Market. As at 30 June 2011, ADCB’s market capitalisation was AED 17 bn.
For more information contact: Corporate Communications Department, Tel: +971 (0) 2 696 2380
About Pink Polo: Pink Polo is a fun day out created to support breast cancer awareness in the UAE. Built around a
polo exhibition game, the day also hosts activities for the entire family including camel and pony rides, falcon shows,
golf lessons, camel polo, photo sessions with polo players and reserved picnic areas.
The key feature: the “Pink Majilis”, is a centre point where guests have the opportunity to talk to medical experts, learn
self-examination techniques and undergo free screenings at the mobile mammography unit.
To find out more about the event, visit www.pinkpolo.ae and follow us on Facebook/PinkPoloWorld and Twitter/
Pink Polo Program
Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club
Pink Majilis / Pink Market /Shakespeare Pink Café/Picnic areas
2.30pm Ignite family games on the field
Falcon show & displays
3.30pm Horse trick show by Sultan Al Ameri
Camel Polo Show
4.30pm Players warm up
Polo match: ADCB vs St. Regis
Prize giving followed by Best Dressed Award
* Best Dressed award for Best Woman, Man, Couple and family (4)