Polo in the Olympics.
Could polo make a return as an Olympic event?
It is possible we could see polo played at the Olympics at some point in the future. Polo is a recognized Olympic sport, having been played at five Games to date, the final occasion being the Berlin Olympics in 1936. The Federation of International Polo (FIP) has submitted an application for its inclusion as an additional sport at Tokyo 2020. But it is unlikely to be accepted on this occasion as a criteria considered in the approval of applications is the sport’s popularity in the host country. Polo is not well known in Japan, and the country does not boast the infrastructure for polo in the same way as a country such as Britain, or Argentina. The result of the application is expected early next year.
Nicholas Colquhoun-Denvers, president of the FIP said “even if this Olympic application is unsuccessful, it will raise the profile of the sport across the world, and hopefully assist us in future applications of a similar nature…It is wonderful that this image of polo has generated so much interest in the sport in new parts of the world. We are aiming to have polo included in the 2019 Pan American Games in Peru,” added Mr Colquhoun-Denvers.