Polo is frequently referred to as the ‘sport of kings.’ Although no longer an Olympic sport, it is one of the oldest team sports on the planet. Polo is thought to have originated in Central Asia as far back as 247 BC.
It is played on horseback with 4 mounted players on each team. 2 opposing teams aim to score goals in the other team’s net by hitting a ball on the ground with a long-handled wooden mallet. The team with the most goals by the end of the match wins. A typical polo game consists of 6 periods lasting 7 minutes. Matches may be played in an indoor or outdoor arena.
Unsurprisingly, polo players must be fairly well-equipped and skilled horseback riders. A variety of coordination, balance, strength, and teamwork are also required in this sport.