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Iran’s Polo History

Iran’s Polo History

Katya Prunkova
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The game of polo dates back to almost 2,500 years ago.

Polo is the oldest and most noble Iranian team sport. Due to its popularity amongst kings and grandees, it is known for centuries as the “Game of the Kings and the Nobles.”

Iran, the land with the rich culture, whose king Cyrus the Great provided mankind with the first Human Rights Charter, invented a sport in which gender did not matter, and men and women bravely took the polo stick—playing side by side and enjoying equal human rights.

The most renowned mythical Iranian woman who played polo, namely Shirin, is widely mentioned in poems and illustrated in miniatures.

Ladies’ Polo in Iran

Though not as much as the olden days, this tradition is still common amongst Iranian women who boldly gallop in polo fields and keep this sport alive in its land of origin.

Girls mostly become familiar with this sport through their fathers and family members who were riders and Polo players and now, hand in hand, are spreading the sport not only in their own land but also all over the world.

The role of women in this game is so immense that woman polo player Dr. Golnar Vakilgilani has been elected as the Head of Polo Federation of Iran.

Fortunately, we have witnessed a rapid increase in the number of female polo players and it is expected that within the next year, it shall increase more. 

Furthermore, the Iranian Female Polo team is so high-level that it astonishes foreign teams, hosted in Iran.

The team not only benefits from having professional players such as Katayoun Jalaiee, an international referee, but also top-level foreign coaches who are invited to Iran by the federation to improve the quality of players and make them familiar with new rules and regulations.

Tehran, the Capital of Iran, profits from four polo clubs with very high quality and beautiful grass fields that host numerous national and international matches every year. The number of such fields is increasing in other cities as well so that the women around the country can play this old traditional sport of Iran.

Hoping to meet women of different nationalities in polo games in Iran, the land of origin of polo!

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