The Royal Malaysian Polo Association hosted a meeting on Tuesday for the all countries who are intending to play in the SEA Games Polo in August. It was a chance for the countries to talk to Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) and Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services (MAQIS), and other equine service providers, to smooth their passage to the games.
Representatives from Brunei, Singapore and Thailand made it to the Pullman Hotel in Kuala Lumpur for the meeting.
Noticeably absent was anyone from Indonesia and the Philippines. That’s the writing on the wall. It looks like it will be a 4-team tournament with Brunei, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.
Tuesday’s meeting was a very good one. We updated them with our progress to the games and tried to answer all their questions relating to the handbook and other information. Most of it was about the import and movement of horses.
I had also invited representatives from the main polo clubs in Malaysia, the veterinarians that will be at the SEA Games Polo, quarantine agents, fodder and saddlery suppliers, farriers, float services and other service providers. It was a good turn out and gave everyone a chance to get to know each other.