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The World Elephant Polo Championships 2006

Players from across the globe assembled to form Eight International teams of Man and Beast. The teams represented Scotland, Thailand, Hong Kong, India, Nepal and the defending champions the British team. The tournament is played at a small village, Meghauly, on the edge of the famous Royal Chitwan National Park, a jungle location, highly appropriate for this most majestic of sports.

The sport was founded 35 years ago by Brits Jim Edwards and James Manclark a fellow adventurer, in a drinking session at St Moritz after tobogganing on the Cresta Run. Its rules have evolved over the last 2 decades and the game now has its own governing body; World Elephant Polo Association (WEPA). Each game consists of two chukkas of ten minutes. The smaller, younger elephants are the fastest and are primarily used in an attacking position.

The Elephants are controlled by ‘mahouts’ or drivers, whilst the players concentrate on wielding extra long polo sticks, but communication between all three (mahout, player and elephant) is crucial. The rules of the game are similar to horse polo, but the pitch is 3/4 length and there can be no more than three elephants in one half of a pitch at a time, to avoid the dangers of the animals’ herd instincts crowding them into a semi-permanent huddle. Fouls can include standing on the ball, hooking an opponent’s stick and deliberately crossing in front of a charging elephant.

Professional polo players are handicapped in the same way as horse polo whilst seasoned elephant polo players also carry a one goal handicap. Whilst each team of elephants is evenly matched, opposing teams swap elephants at the end of the first chukka to negate any advantage. The smallest elephant on each team is the fastest, a sort of GTi version, and these elephants play a pivotal role in the match. However, in the game of Elephant polo, communication is the key to success not only between mahout, player and elephant but also fellow team members. During play ball boys clear any elephant dung to avoid the matter being splattered during contact with the polo sticks. Presiding over the matches, the referee is perched upon an impressive tusker.

After an intense week of competition Angus Estates Scotland earned their place in the final against the favourites the National Park team of Nepal. The local team despite having several strong, experienced elephant polo players and massive local support just could not compete with old timer James Manclark who dominated play to give his team and Scotland a third World title in as many years. The final score was 8 goals to 6.

However, it was the gentle giants of the Jungle, the elephants, who stole the show, they clearly enjoyed their role and proved to be the real stars of the tournament and were rewarded with plentiful supplies of their favourite food, deservedly so!

This annual event raises money for charity including the local Meghauly Clinic and the Tiger Tops local pre-school, plus the International Trust for Nature Conservation (ITNC) which funds tiger and rhino anti-poaching units in the National parks of Nepal.

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A New Zealand rugby team takes part in the 2012 King's Cup Elephant Polo in the Thailand resort town of Hua-Hin. Pachiderm polo is meant to be enjoyed by all participants, including the elephants.

A rugby team from New Zealand has taken part in the 2012 King's Cup Elephant Polo in the Thai resort town of Hua-Hin, 300 kilometres south of Bangkok on Tuesday.

As their colleagues at home prepare for the Rugby World Cup, this team prepared for their pachiderm polo debut after a traditional Haka- the Maori dance.

For a beginner, it is quite hard for the player to control an elephant, as on first-time elephant polo player discovered.

[Charles Riechelmann, New Zealand All Blacks Player]:
It's very interesting. I liked it. It's fun but it's very interesting. It's hard to control the elephants to do what we want to do. I think that's the hard part.

And sometimes elephants can go unexpectedly naughty and don't want to play.

[Chitra Mepburn, Captain of the Spice Girl Team]:
The game was good except for elephants issue. My elephant sat down in the middle of the game, so we have to change. My other friend's elephant decided to attack another elephant, so we have to change again. This is what fun about elephant polo, not like horse polo.

According to the rules, if the elephant doesn't enjoy playing, they have to change as they want the elephant to be enjoying itself, too.

The rules in elephant polo are similar to the game played on horses, with only a few differences.

Three elephants are allowed on to the 100 by 60 meters ground with two people on each elephant - a player and a mahout, an elephant driver.

The elephants are not allowed to lie in front of the goal posts or use their trunks to catch the ball. If they do either, they commit fouls, earning the opposing team the free hit.

Elephant polo in Thailand was first launched in Hua-Hin in 2001, and the tournament moved to the golden triangle in 2006.

Proceeds from the event will go to organizations dealing in elephant welfare in Thailand.

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هي ممارسة للعبة البولو من على ظهور الفيلة تلعب بنيبال وسيريلانكا و الهند و تايلند
تستخدم كرة البولو التقليدية مع عصا طولها من ٦- ١٠ أقدام بنهايتها رأس مطرقه لضرب الكرة
حجم الملعب من ١٠٠-١٢٠ متر طولا و بعرض من ٦٠-٨٠ متر
الفريق يتكون من ٤ لاعبين
على ظهر الفيل شخصين الفيال و اللاعب ويقوم اللاعب بتوجيه الفيال الى اين يذهب

المباراة شوطين مدة الواحد ١٠ د والراحه ١٥ د من الممكن تغير الفيلة بعد الشوط الاول
اللعب باليد اليمنى فقط
يتم ممارستها من قبل الجنسين ويسمح للنساء بمسك العصا بكلتا اليدين اما الرجال باليد اليمنى فقط

Elephant polo is a variant of polo played while riding elephants. It is played in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Rajasthan (India), and Thailand. England and Scotland regularly field teams. Equipment consists of a standard polo ball and six to ten 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 lower 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 originated in Meghauli, Nepal. Tiger Tops in Nepal remains the headquarters of elephant polo and the site of the World Elephant Polo Championships.[1]
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. Other tournaments, such as those played in India and Sri Lanka, are managed independently of each other and the World Elephant Polo Association. Sri Lanka held an annual tournament in Galle under the auspices of the Ceylon Elephant Polo Association. In 2007 an elephant went on a rampage during a game, injuring two players and destroying the Spanish team's minibus.[2]
Allegations of cruel treatment of polo elephants, made by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, have led to match cancellation, sponsorship withdrawal and the removal of references to elephant polo records in the Guinness Book of World Records.[3][4][5]

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Kings Cup Elephant Polo 2012, Hua Hin, Thailand
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Kings Cup Elephant Polo 2012, Hua Hin, Thailand

Kings Cup Elephant Polo 2012, Hua Hin, Thailand

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