3 July 2019 - 18:07
Ancient Persian Game

Polo is an ancient Persian game played on horseback between two teams of four players in an outdoor grass field.

Iran (IMNA)- The Persians were well known for their natural aptitude in horse racing, especially, in one type of sport involving horse, naming "Chaugan" which is today called "Polo".

Polo used to be a training game played extensively by the nobility and elite troops especially the king’s guard and cavalry units. As indicated in some references, Iranian women also played the game; historical documents show that King Khosrow II Parviz and his courtiers played the game in the 6th century AD.

At first, polo spread to Arabian countries, then to Tibet, China and Japan. The game was presented to Indians by the Muslim vanquishers in the 13th century. It is interesting to know that the first Europeans to play polo were British tea planters in India.

To play the Polo, each player has long mallets to drive a ball between two goal posts at two sides of the grass field and. Play begins with the two teams lining up face to face in the center of the field. Scores are made by hitting the ball between the goalposts. By passing the ball to teammates and maneuvering in the field, each team tries to prevent gaining a score by the opponents.  

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