The sea defines Karachi. Where the sea facilitates trade and commerce making the city a hub of flourishing growth and businesses, this metropolitan’s beaches are the heart of this city; an avenue where people of various ethnicities, cultures, religions and class come together. Some for work, others for pleasure.
Karachites are fairly accustomed to seeing the usual array of men with horses and camels offering short rides on the beach, few have witnessed the beautiful sport that is often described as “The King of Sports”: Polo.
Karachi’s Clifton beach serves as a surprisingly fertile ground for this equestrian sport.
The modern game of polo was though formalized and popularized by the British. With arena polo being followed by snow polo and many other variants, such as water polo and elephant polo, it is beach polo that is fast catching the world’s attention.
The beach polo players describe it as the “street cricket equivalent” of the sport. This version of the sport is contrastingly casual but does not lack the fervor, the competitiveness and the energy that makes the sport an absolutely enthralling affair to witness.
The focus of this photo essay will be on the many crucial elements that come together to form this sport. Each player, horse, caretaker, scene has its own story and combined they form the story of this beautiful sport. – Text and photos by Sana Agboatwala