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History of Chogan (Polo) __ "Let other people play other things – the king of games is still the game of kings"  A good look at polo history. - illustrated - From The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies (CAIS) - http://www.cais-soas.com/CAIS/Sport/polo.htm

History of the Equestrian Sport of Polo __ "What is it like to play polo? Imagine a ball hit so hard ... that it comes at you at a speed of 110 miles per hour, so fast, you can hardly see it. Your job is to stay at a gallop, get your polo pony in line with the ball, and either pass it ahead to a teammate, or carry the ball down the field for an attempt at goal."  You can find our for yourself.  Some of us consider a hard fought game of chess as a dangerous sport. - illustrated - From Two Friends Farms - http://www.sportpolo.com/default.htm

The History of Polo __ A page of polo history and facts.  "Polo is arguably the oldest recorded team sport in known history, with the first matches being played in Persia over 2500 years ago." - From argentinapolo.com - http://www.argentinapolo.com/polohistory.html

The history of Polo. Polo Scotland. Scottish Polo __ "Polo was at first a training game for cavalry units, usually the king's guard or other elite troops. To the warlike tribesmen, who played it with as many as 100 to a side, it was a miniature battle."  An overview of the history of Polo from Ancient Persia to now. - illustrated - From scottishpolo.com - http://www.scottishpolo.com/polo-history.html

History of Polo - U.S. Polo Assn __ Here is an interactive timeline of the history of polo. - From uspaproperties.com - http://www.uspaproperties.com/historyofpolo.html   

 

The Mists of Time: The Origin of Polo __ "The origins of Polo are lost in the mists of antiquity History records that the Ancient Persians knew the sport as 'Chaughan' and played it as far back as 2500 years ago. The Chinese too lay claim to a Polo tradition dating back several thousand years. Be that as it may, in all probability these ancient civilizations picked up the sport from the Central Asian nomads whose home was the saddle and whose writ ran from the Great wall of China in the east to the Caspian Sea in the west."  You will find a good overview of the history of the game and much else too. - illustrated - From indiapolo.com - http://www.indiapolo.com/Polopedia/History/history.html 

Polo __ An encyclopedic article about polo history with links to related materials. - from Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polo 

A Short History of Polo __ Here is a short history of this sport, which dates back about 2,000 years. You can find out a lot more about the game. - illustrated - From polo.co.uk - http://www.polo.co.uk/polo_history.htm 

USPA - History of the Game __ "Possibly the oldest team sport, polo's genesis is lost to the eye of history. An Asiatic game, polo was probably first played on a barren campground by nomadic warriors over two thousand years ago."  A brief look at the history of polo. - From United States Polo Association - http://www.us-polo.org/history.htm 

 

 

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