History of Polo


Polo is possibly the oldest recorded team sport in known history. With the first matches played in Persia over 2500 years ago, Polo continues to represent the pinnacle of sport, and reaffirms the special bond between the horse and rider.

The feeling of many of its players are epitomized by a famous verse inscribed on a stone tablet next to one of the oldest polo grounds in the world, in the high mountain passes of Gilgit in the Chitral in Pakistan: inscribed on this tablet are words of wisdom “Let others play at other things. The King of games is still the game of Kings.”

Initially thought to have been created by competing tribes of Central Asia, it was quickly taken up as a training method for the elite cavalry of royalty. These matches could resemble a battle with up to 100 men to a side. The preserve initially of Kings and Emperors, Shahs and Sultans, Khans and Caliphs, the game has become so much more now since it was first discovered in Manipur in 1862 by British Army officers who subsequently went on to modify it to its present 4 a side format.


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