What Has Two Humps and a Mallet?
…Camel Polo of course!
With the London Olympics bringing to light a host of sports not so well known, we thought we’d take this opportunity to add one more to the list: the Middle East’s thoroughly hilarious version of Polo!
You can play Camel Polo in a smaller group of eight players or sign up for the raucous, fast-paced excitement of a ‘knock-out’ competition, where up to a hundred players compete for the ultimate in Camel Polo glory. Traditionally followed by breakfast or dinner, depending on when you play, at the Polo Club, its’ down mallets and up forks as you tuck into delicious authentic cuisine and discuss the various highlights and hilarities of the game.
Here are the need-to-knows regarding this ‘Sport of Kings’:
Rules follow the traditional equestrian version of Polo, however with two people per Camel, one known as the ‘Driver’ who steers the Camel and the other in charge of whacking the inflatable ball, known as the ‘Player’.
Games take place in the early morning or late afternoon so as to avoid the heat of midday, and a game includes a training session to bring everyone up to speed on the ins and outs, and a match proceeded by award ceremony and breakfast or dinner at the Polo Club. If you’re unsure whether Camel Polo is your bag, you can also arrange to watch an exhibition match.
A dedicated Camel handler is assigned to each Camel to prevent any mishaps or any particularly ferocious ‘Drivers’.