Elephant polo in India.
is a variant of polo
played whilst riding elephants
. It is played in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Rajasthan (India), and
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.
elephant polo was first played in India at the
beginning of the twentieth century, the modern game originated in
Meghauli, Nepal, reportedly after a
Tiger Tops in Nepal remains the headquarters
of elephant polo and the site of the World Elephant Polo
Championships. , the world elephant polo champions were
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. , Air Tusker, England 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