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Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, August 07, 1955, Image 66

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the Indian Embassy, British Ambassador Sir Roger
Makins, Mrs. J. Atal, wife of another Indian Minister
Diplomats Out to Save Sport ot Kings
Polo—a sport to test a man’s mettle—is fast disappearing
from the American scene.
But here in the Nation’s Capital there is a small, de
termined group at work to perpetuate the “glorious game.’’
Long considered the sport of kings and princes, the ex
pensive game flourished in America before the war. In fact,
the United States' team was considered tops throughout the
world. i
Alas, war and taxes have taken their toll.
In place of the Individual player with his string of polo
ponies—economics have forced a change. Today the game is
more easily financed by clubs, of which four now flourish in
the Washington area.
The formation of the Washington polo club, known as the
Washington Squires, was spearheaded two years ago by Mr.
Donald Bradley and Dr. John Keeler. Other groups are known
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NOT LIKE FOOTBALL —PoIo is a gentlemanly sport
and everyone is nice to the referee as evidenced above.
Frank Willson of the Maryland Polo Club (astride his
horse) refereed this Diplomats vs. the Washington
Squires game. Here he talks with (left to right)
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and her son, Ajai Atal, watch a recent Wednesday
evening polo match between the Washington Squires
and the Diplomatic Polo team of this city.
as the Virginia polo team (made up mostly of Pentagon
officers), the Maryland team and the Warrenton team.
Six months ago a Diplomatic Team, affiliated with the
Washington Polo Club was organized by Minister Atal of the
Indian Embassy. *
, Polo originated in Persia and spread to India where it has
long been one of the great national sports. From there it spread
to England and on to America.
So it is not surprising that the Diplomatic Team consists
of Mr. Atal of India, Mr. Mueenlddin of Pakistan. Col. H. J. G.
Weld, the British Military Attache; Col. E. J. B. Nelson and
Col. J. Scott of the British Joint Services Mission.
The Washington Squires and the Diplomatic Team play
each other every Wednesday evening at 7 o’clock and every
Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock (at Barnsley Field near
Olney, Md.).
Mr. Atal explains that a polo team requires a staggering
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First Secretary Crowley of the British Embassy, Mrs.
Crowley, Mr. Joseph Rucinski of the International
Bank, Mr«. Saad el din Salem and Brig. Gen. Salem,
Military Attache of the Egyptian Embassy. Even the
hot weather doesn't discourage these avid fans.
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AN EXCITING MOMENT— CoI. Harry Wilson of the
Virginians, a team made up of four military men,
gives the ball an off-side forehand shot at a full gallop
while BilT Beale of the Washington Squires races
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SURROUNDED BY FANS —Minister Atal of the Indian
Embassy, who organized the Diplomatic Polo team,
talks with a pulchritudinous group consisting of, left
to right, Ines Sepulveda, Teresa Zuleta-Angel, Ximena
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POLO ENTHUSIASTS— Ambassador Mehta of In
dia (extreme left), joins Miss Talat Ali, daughter of
the Pakistan Ambassador; Mrs. Joseph Ruchinski, and
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ahead to intercept the ball and slap it backward To
ward the Squires' goal. This was taken at a Sunday
afternoon game between the two teams.—Star Staff
Photos by Arnold Taylor and Walter Oates)
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Sepulveda and Christina Zuleta-Angel. The Sepulveda
girls are daughters of the Chilean Ambassador to the
Organization of American States and their companions
are the daughters of the Colombian Ambassador.
Ambassador Ali from Pakistan in conversation with
Mr. G. Mueenuddin from Pakistan, a member of the
Diplomatic Polo team.

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