Polo is one of the oldest recorded team sports in known history. Although it cannot be proven, it has been said that the first matches were played in Persia over 2500 years ago. The sport started initially by people of Central Asia, but it did not take long until polo was used as a training method for the King’s elite cavalry.
As the armies continued conquering parts of Asia, polo became the noblest thing to do by the Kings and Emperors, Shahs and Sultans, Khans and Caliphs of the ancient Persians, Arabs, Mughals, Mongols and Chinese. Because of this it became known as ”the game of kings”.
The polo game was re-invented by British officers in 1862, and the sport came to England in 1869. Around 1876 sportsman James Gordon Bennett introduced the sport to the United States. As the sport developed, British and American teams started to play against each other in the “International Polo Challenge Cup”. Polo has been in the Olympics several times. The last time it was played as an Olympic sport, was in Berlin 1936.
Now, polo is played all over the world and can be enjoyed by many people. Not just to play polo, but to watch it as well.