The match was inaugurated by Shri Omar Abdullah, Honourable Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir, and witnessed the presence of illustrious personalities such as Major General R. Norana, Minster for CAPD & Transport Qamar Ali Akhoon, and MP Hassan Khan.
Manipur won the final polo match against Leh 5-0. Abdullah distributed trophies and cash rewards of Rs. 50,000 to the Manipur team. The first and second runner up received Rs. 30,000 and Rs.15,000, respectively.
Started with an exhibition match in 2009, the group now annually hosts The Lalit Suri Polo tournament. In its fourth season, the match was played in a different format with two new teams being introduced - Manipur and Kargil. Polo players Jai Shergill were the match referee and Pradeep Rao and Nazir Ahmad were the commentators. The match was cheered by thousands of locals and was accompanied by traditional Surna, a wind instrument, and Daman, a traditional percussion instrument.
Commenting on the occasion, Suri said: "As we complete the fourth season of The Lalit Suri Polo match, we are glad to know that our ethos of promoting the destination through initiatives such as the Drass Polo match has helped the region to attract tourism in the state. From being a war zone 12 years ago, the sparsely populated town of Drass in the Kargil district has recovered from the battle scars with the sound of thudding horse hooves. We are glad that our emotional commitment towards the people of this beautiful region has helped us bring back Kashmir's former grandeur and revive the beauty and rich heritage that makes it a must visit destination. Going forward, it will be through the locals that The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group will organize and support the tournament."