India is generally considered to be the birthplace of modern polo, although some version of the sport was probably played in Persia as early as the sixth century B.C. (Just to confuse everybody, the name “polo” is thought to derive from pulu, the Tibetan word for a ball.) In the 15th century, the game was revived by Babar, the founder of the Mughal dynasty, and polo became the pastime of choice for subsequent Mughal emperors. The sport was introduced to the West by the British, who found it being played in the princely state of Manipur in northeastern India in the early 19th century. The world’s first polo club was established in nearby Assam in 1834.

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