IPA Office Bearers,
Patrons, Stewards, Committees 2007-2008
Indian Polo Association was founded in
1892 to govern and propagate
the game of polo. Some of the prominent teams at that time were Alwar, Bikaner, Hyderabad, Patiala, Jodhpur, Kishengarh, Kashmir,
Central India Horse, the 15th Lancers, Prince Albet Victor Own Cavalry Cavalry, the Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, the 10th Royal Hussars and the 17/21st Lancers. By 1900, there were over a 100 affiliated clubs and over 5000 registered houses.
Unfortunately post World War II and with the mechanization of the cavalry, the sport faced a severe setback. The burden of reviving the game to its original glory fell on the shoulders of the Indian polo Association. As a first step, to revive the interest in Polo, in 1950, Indian Polo association held exhibition matches with foreign teams in Jaipur, Delhi and Bombay and subsequently invited the
Pakistani army Polo team to India.
Following this, in 1956, after 17 years, Indian Polo Association re-instituted the Indian Polo Championship. A year later, A Polo Team was sent to
France for the unofficial World Championships. India won the championship beating great players from England,
Spain, Argentina, Mexico and France.
As a step towards creating a circuit, Indian Polo Association introduced "The Presidents Cup", played in rotation in Delhi, Calcutta, Bombay, Jaipur and Madras. Today Polo is on an upward trend in the country with 26 Polo Clubs registered with the association.
With the efforts of the association, Polo has been revived at Leh in Jammu and Kashmir and Hyderabad in South India. Additional Polo grounds are coming up in Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Madras. In 1997, to celebrate 50 years of Indian independence, a cup was held in Delhi, Which was jointly won, by India and Briton.
In 2000, for the first time in the history of Indian Polo,
Indian Polo Association hosted the Zonal Play Offs in Jaipur for
the World Cup 2001, the final of which was held in Australia in March-April
In addition, to creating opportunities for playing the game as a regulated sport, the Indian Polo Association has been working extensively with corporates to aid and advance the game in the country. The association has the Chief of Army Staff as its president.