Polo at the Summer Olympics

Polo at the Summer Olympics
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Governing bodyFIP
Events1 (men)
Games
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Polo was introduced in the Summer Olympics at the 1900 Games. It was contested in another four Olympiads before being removed from the official programme after the 1936 Summer Olympics.

Polo declined in relative popularity around the time of World War II due at least in part to the logistical and financial difficulties of competing in the sport.[1] In 1996, the International Olympic Committee voted to classify polo as a recognized sport.[2]

Polo was accepted as a demonstration sport for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics.[3]

  1. ^ Fetters, Ashley (July 20, 2012). "Lost Sports of the Summer Olympics". The Atlantic. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  2. ^ Austen, Catherine (June 14, 2013). "Polo: Campaigners push for Olympic inclusion". Financial Times. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Polo en los Juegos Olímpicos de la Juventud 2018". Asociación Argentina de Polo. 18 July 2017. Archived from the original on 15 March 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2018.

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