America's Polo Cup
The America's Polo Cup is an international polo event held annually in the United States of America. The event is organized by Tareq Salahi and Michaele Sahali, with financial support from a number of sponsors. Because the match is unsanctioned by the Federation of International Polo, it is largely considered a spectator event.
On May 12 the United Kingdom defeated America 7-3 at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia.
America defeated Italy 6-2 at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia.
On May 9 America defeated Australia 4-2 at the Capitol Polo Club in Poolesville, Maryland.
The 2010 America's Polo Cup match took place on June 12 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., with teams announced as United States and India. The advertised ticket price for the event was $95 per person. The event had an attendance of about 250 people, with food from Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. A spokesman for the Embassy of India stated that neither the Embassy nor the government of India had any association with the event. The event's website reportedly identified an Indian company, Kingfisher Beer, as a sponsor. However, Kingfishers' chief executive denied that the company had sponsored the event. Yashpal Singh, the president and chief executive of Mendocino Brewing Company, Kingfisher's parent company, reportedly stated, "We are not sponsoring this event and have informed the people managing this event of that, .... We have sent legal notices to this effect, and he keeps on advertising us as a sponsor. I don't know what world he's living in."
Allegations of fraud committed by the Salahis over the past few years has caused a number of organizations to withdraw sponsorship. In 2009, Land Rover terminated its sponsorship after a bogus charity created by the Salahis was put under investigation by the Virginia Office of Consumer Affairs. The organization, Journey for the Cure, solicited donations of cash or auction items as part of their mission to support science grants and other funding for cures of multiple sclerosis and cancer but was never incorporated as a 501(c).  In 2010, the Indian Embassy, Land Rover, Ritz Carlton, and the St. Regis Hotels terminated their sponsorship after the Salahis breached White House security scandal to attend a state dinner despite being uninvited guests.
- ↑ Tucker, Neely (2010-06-13). "White House crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi hold polo event on the Mall". Washington Post (Washington, D.C.: The Washington Post Company): p. C.5. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/12/AR2010061204092.html. Retrieved 2010-06-15.
- ↑ http://www.nowpublic.com/world/tariq-michaele-salahi-charity-scam-tied-americas-polo-cup-2529850.html
- ↑ http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/blogs/yeas-and-nays/Polo-impresarios-under-fire-for-allegedly-charitable-charity-46245897.html
- ↑ http://ibnlive.in.com/news/indian-embassy-cuts-ties-with-gatecrashing-couple/106392-2.html