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Polo

Polo

Polo is one of the world’s oldest known team sports with the first game ever recorded dating back to 600BC in a tournament between the Persians and Turkomans.


Gradually, the game spread to China and the Byzantine Empire, but it was its introduction to India that saw the game migrate west. In fact, today’s modern form of polo was conceived during the British colonial era when British officers stationed in India discovered the sport and brought it back to England, where it gained popularity among the British aristocracy.


Though polo is still regarded as an ‘elite’ sport today – it continues to be played by aristocrats and royals – there have been a few initiatives over the years to make it more accessible to a broader audience.


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As far as the game itself is concerned, it involves two teams, consisting of four riders wielding a long-handled mallet that they use to push a wooden ball down a large grass field, measuring 274m by 146m towards a goal post.


Each polo game is divided into chukkers (or quarters) and usually lasts between 90 minutes and 120 minutes.


Polo is now played all over the world, but the biggest polo nations are Argentina, the USA and Europe.

To find out more, check out www.uspolo.org and www.nationalpolocenter.com.

 

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