Hyderabad-based polo player Jaithra Kakarla believes that the ongoing Women’s International Arena Polo Cup in Hyderabad is an exceptional opportunity and a blessing for young players to learn from international players.
As an 18-year-old member of the Indian team, Jaithra is enthusiastic about participating in her first international tournament. The second edition of the Tri-Nations Women’s International Arena Polo Cup commenced on February 28 at the Hyderabad Polo and Racing Club.
Jaithra Kakarla, a Hyderabad-based polo player, expressed her excitement about playing in her first international tournament, the Tri-Nations Women’s International Arena Polo Cup, where she is representing India. She acknowledged feeling a bit nervous after watching the foreign players’ game but is grateful for her captain Monica Saxena’s guidance in analyzing the game and sharing tips and techniques with the team. Jaithra believes that the tournament provides excellent exposure and experience for young players like her to showcase their talent and learn from international players.
Jaithra has proven her skills in domestic leagues and regular chukkers competing against men in club level leagues. She believes that dedication and passion are vital for excelling in polo and emphasizes that players must perform well to be picked for teams.
Jaithra’s interest in polo was sparked by her brother, who began riding at the age of eight. Initially, she competed in dressage, but her coach, Khader Siddiqui, suggested that she join the women’s polo team to represent the Hyderabad Polo and Riding Club. After watching a few polo matches, Jaithra started enjoying the game and has been playing polo ever since.