You may have heard of Hardcourt Bike Polo or even enjoyed a fun time with this game. However, the following things about Hardcourt Bike Polo may make you surprised!
The original Hardcourt Bike Polo is not a sport
Surprise right? Hardcourt Bike Polo was invented by an Irishman Richard J. Mecredy in 1891. He called it “horseless polo”. By 1999, Seattle residents revived the sport to make it popular throughout the United States in particular and the world in general.
Hardcourt Bike Polo is played all over the world
Although it is just a new sport, the popularity of Hardcourt Bike Polo is considered at a global level. Because there are 473 clubs about Hardcourt Bike Polo established in 56 countries worldwide. Many people are interested in this sport.
Bike polo has appeared in the Olympics
Maybe you never expect that Hardcourt Bike Polo has ever played in the Olympics but this fact is true. At the Olympics 1908, this sport was in the competition.
That year, the Irish and German teams met in the final. Finally, Ireland won the gold medal. Nevertheless, because of World War I and World War II, Bike Polo has been gradually forgotten. By the 1980s, this sport regained its lost popularity.
Hardcourt Bike Polo World Championships are held every year
Like in some other popular sports, Hardcourt Bike Polo players also have the chance to join the world championships every year. The first season was held in Philadelphia in 2009. Teams participating in the global competition each year are selected from regional and national competitions. In last season, The Beavers from San Francisco won the world championship after defeating Call Me Dadd from Paris 5-1.
Anyone can play Hardcourt Bike Polo
Hardcourt Bike Polo is suitable for all ages and all genders. Not just for men, there are now many tournaments for women.