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History Of Polo
The exact origin of polo, the oldest team sport, is unknown. Polo was probably first played by nomadic warriors over two thousand years ago. Used for training cavalry, the game was played from Constantinople to Japan in the Middle Ages. Tamerlane’s polo grounds can still be seen in Samarkand.
The first recorded polo tournament was in 600 BC when the Turkomans beat the Persians in a public match. The Persians and the Mogul conquerors of India, spread the game of polo across the eastern world. Emperor Cantacuzenus (ruled Byzantium 1341-1347) was one of the earliest recorded casualties of the sport.
From 1900 to 1936, polo was an Olympic sport. In 1936, polo was officially dropped from the Olympic Games. By the 1930’s, crowds more than 30,000 regularly attended international polo matches at the Meadowbrook Polo Club on Long Island in the United States. Today, there are more than 250 active polo clubs in the United States Polo Association.
Currently, the highest level of polo is played in Argentina, the United States of America, and England. Today, polo is played in more than 60 countries and enjoyed by more than 50 million people each year.