Elephant polo in Nepal
Nepal has number of adventure sports to enjoy. Elephant polo is one of the rare, adventures and only of it’s kind in Nepal. The World Elephant Polo Association (WEPA) organize an annual Elephant polo tournament in the airfield of Meghauli Chitwan, south west of Kathmandu and north of the Indian border.
The World Elephant Polo Association (WEPA) was established in 1982 having it’s headquarter at the Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge in Chitwan, Nepal. WEPA has also established the governing rules for the Elephant Polo Tournament.
Somehow, Elephant polo is similar to the Horse polo but you can easily a bit difference. A fast (at times), exciting game, like polo but with elephants and longer sticks, this is quite possibly the biggest sport in the world.
The game is played by four players of each team on a marked pitch 140 x 70 meters, using a standard size polo ball and consists of two 10-minute chukkers of playing time, with an interval of 15 minutes. The whistle blown by the referee stops and starts play. The pitch is marked with a centre line, a circle with a radius of 15 meters in the centre of the field, and a semi-circle with a radius of 30 meters measured from the centre of the goal line at either end of the pitch. Elephants and ends are changed at half time.
Teams participate from all over the world including Scotland, Thailand, England and Hong Kong. The local favorites, the Tiger Tops Tuskers, also takes a part. After the day’s play all the players and guests have dinner in the Golghar, a traditional round house with a great bar.
Elephant Polo in Nepal runs between last week of November – 1st week of December