The Pink City Jaipur is gearing up to become a hub to host and accommodate championships in it, not just championships, but World Championships. Due to take place in the month of November 2016 are the Asian Cycle Polo Championship and the 11th World Cycle Polo Championship.
Asian Cycle Polo Championship is taking place for the second time in the Jaipur city. The first Asian Cycle Polo Championship was commemorated in the Chaugan Stadium in the Jaipur city.
Asian Cycle Polo Championship has dates of November 17th and November 18th fixed whereas 11th World Cycle Polo Championship will take place from November 20th to November 22nd.
Asian Cycle Polo Championship has India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan as the participating countries in it. All the participants from these countries will compete against each other for victory in 1 match each. Every team here has 8 players and 2 players who are reserve players.
11th World Cycle Polo Championship has United States of America, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Scotland and Thailand as the participating countries in it. Here India is participating in the World Championship after a period of 4 years. India could only participate in this championship for some time when it was organised previously.
Due to some financial issues, the country could not be one of the participating countries into the championship. This time, India has been chosen to play host to this championship and Jaipur is being chosen as the city for the first and the foremost time to host the championship.
Previously India has won 4 gold medals and 2 bronze medals in the 11th World Cycle Polo Championship. India has been a winner in the Female Cycle Polo Championship that was convened in New Delhi and London.
Cycle Polo was played by the British Army people in the summer season. The concept of cycle polo gained fame and became popular across the World is because the horses which are originally used to play the polo sport are given rest and comfort in the summer season.
Hence, let the horses rest and also to keep the army people active and sporty, the concept of cycle polo took form.
President of the Cycle Polo Federation of India Mr. Raghuvendra Singh Dundlod shared that when the Britishers came to India and began playing polo, the weather here used to be extremely hot which did not suit them and did not allow them to play polo freely on the horses.
Thus, after all this happening, playing polo on bicycles gained fame. So after the sport gained popularity and was begun to be played in India too.
Cycle Polo as a sport became immensely popular that the sport was played at the Olympic Games. Gaining popularity as high as the Olympic level, the game however was being played in Olympic Games only till the second time when the same were organised.
India won a gold medal in the 2nd Olympic Games for Cycle Polo.