Elephant polo

Elephant polo

Elephant polo is a variant of polo played whilst riding elephants. It is played in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Rajasthan (India), and Thailand. Equipment consists of a standard polo ball and six to nine foot cane (similar to bamboo) sticks with a polo mallet head on the end. The pitch is three-quarters of the length of a standard polo pitch, due to the slower speed of the elephants. Two people ride each elephant; the elephants are steered by mahouts, while the player tells the mahout which way to go and hits the ball.

Although elephant polo was first played in India at the beginning of the twentieth century, the modern game originated in Meghauly, Nepal, reportedly after a drinking boutFact|date=January 2008. Tiger Tops in Nepal remains the headquarters of elephant polo and the site of the World Elephant Polo Championships. As of December 2007, the world elephant polo champions were Chopard Hong Kong.

Elephant Polo in Nepal and Thailand is played under the auspices of the World Elephant Polo Association. WEPA enforces strict rules regarding elephant welfare and game play. As of December 2007, Chopard, Hong Kong is the reigning champion of the World Elephant Polo Association. Other tournaments, such as those played in India and Sri Lanka, are managed independently of each other and the World Elephant Polo Association.

External links

* [http://www.elephantpolo.com World Elephant Polo Association]
* [http://www.dcelephantpolo.com The Capitol Pachyderms (DC Elephant Polo) America's number one elephant polo team]
* [http://www.elephantpolo.fr/ Association Française des Joueurs de Polo sur Elephant]
* [http://www.francepoloelephant.org/ French Elephant Polo Association]
* [http://slate.msn.com/id/2106890/ Slate article on elephant polo]
* [ Adventure author Antonio Graceffo writes about playing elephant polo in the Kings Cup]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnOkbVJNaYc Elephant attacks bus in Sri Lanka]
* [http://www.freewebs.com/elephantpolo United against Elephant Polo]
* [http://getactive.peta.org/campaign/cartier Ask Cartier Not To Sponsor 'Elephant Polo']
* [http://www.PukkaChukkas.com The Pukka Chukkas Elephant Polo Team]

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