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About Elephant Polo in Chitwan, Nepal
One of the unique sports in the world is organized by the World Elephant Polo Association (WEPA) which was formed in 1982 at Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge in the Chitwan National Park in south west Nepal . The first games were played on a grass airfield in Meghauly which is located just on the edge of the National Park. The co-founders, James Manclark, a Scottish landowner and former Olympic tobogganed and Jim Edwards, owner of Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge and Chairman of the Tiger Mountain Group.
When and how does this happen?
This game is organized in every December in Chitwan National Park and it is divided into three sequences; the quarter final, the semifinal and the grand finale. Eight different teams including the Elephant Polo lovers from around the world such as Nepal, UK, India, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Thailand to name a few are participating to observe this event. During the event there are four elephants each side prompted by four mahouts. The players are perched with a mallet in hand behind mahouts. The ball that is used is the standard polo ball. According to the rule, the players are supposed to hit the other side's goal line. There are two 10-minute chukkers. These are separated by a 15-minute break. After the break, the teams change sides. Nepal Elephant Polo is one of the best tourist attractions in Nepal and a must see event for every tourist visiting the country in December.
How does this Event works?
Usually the pre-Gala event is celebrated to raise the funds and sponsorship, the major sponsor of this tournament is Chivas Regal. Yet, also the funds from participants, enthusiast and organizer plays key role to succeed this events.
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