Thailand: King’s Cup Elephant Polo tournament celebrates 12th anniversary

 
 
Players, wearing black jerseys, riding elephants guided by mahouts, wearing white jerseys, use sticks to fight for the ball, at an exhibition of an elephant polo match in Bangkok.
Players, wearing black jerseys, riding elephants guided by mahouts, wearing white jerseys, use sticks to fight for the ball, at an exhibition of an elephant polo match in Bangkok.
Apichart Weerawong / AP file

The hugely popular King’s Cup Elephant Polo tournament is celebrating its 12th anniversary in the seaside town of Hua Hin Aug. 28-Sept. 1. Organizers are promising some nail-biting action when Thailand’s defending champions, the King Power team, go head to head with the New Zealand Rugby All Black’s Robin Brooke, Olo Brown and Charles Riechelmann. The four-day festival has something for everyone including a spectacular opening parade, celebrity matches and Chang Noi Day (Children’s Day) with a baby elephant camp. The tournament, introduced to Thailand in 2001, has raised nearly $600,000 for projects aimed at elephant conservation.

Details: www.anantaraelephantpolo.com.

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