Chivas Brothers has been associated with the Maharaja of Jodhpur Golden Jubilee Cup polo for the past three years. Neil Macdonald, brand director of Royal Salute at Chivas Brothers, tells Indulge about his experience in India and the brand’s future plans. Edited excerpts:

You have been associated with this polo event for the past three years.

Neil Macdonald is the brand director of Royal Salute at Chivas Brothers. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint

What other polo events are you associated with?

Since 2007, we have gradually expanded and now we are active in four continents. We have done polo events in China, India, Dubai, Brazil, the UK, the US and, most recently, in Sydney.

How has been the experience in India different from that in other nations?

Here, it is about the place. Particularly with the renaissance of polo here in Jodhpur, since we became involved, for all the guests that come here, you take away not only the experience of polo but polo played in such fantastic setting within the scenic Jodhpur.

How has the reception been in India?

Fantastic. To start with, it was on a very small scale, but now we have been able to invite more guests. And we hope that in the years to come, we can invite more and more people here to enjoy this wonderful experience.

How do you see the future of this relationship?

At this point, I think, we have a good relationship here...with all the various people involved in organizing the tournament, we think we are part of something really special and we really want this to continue. Obviously, India itself has much greater polo opportunities but that’s something we will look to expand on once we are really developed the most we can from this association.

Any plans to associate with any other sport?

Not as of now.

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