WATERPOLO HISTORY LESSON # 1.
By the 1830s and 1940s, in England, ahead of the swimming pool construction had proliferated to an extent that created favorable conditions for both the transformation of swimming into competitive sports and the emergence of other “water” sports.
In the 1860s and 70s, the growth in popularity of swimming and it's spread was accompanied by the birth of new water sports - water football, water rugby, water handball.
Where did todays waterpolo game come from? The answer is not as simple as we might think.
Development started on several threads......
There are several ideas about the development of the game of water polo. According to the first, the origin can be traced from the meaning of the word water polo.
The word “polo” comes from the Indian word pulu - which means ball and its pronunciation is “polo”.
Since India was once an English colony, there is no need to explain further what an Englishman meant when he heard the word “water polo” at the beginning of the century.
A horse polo game played in the water. It’s hard to imagine how they could take horses into the water, but the British were resourceful. Players chased the ball while sitting on a horse made of a barrel.
Interestingly, this game was not only popular with the English, but was also tried by the Americans.
With oars in their hands, they tried to get close to the ball, of course, perhaps even harder, to stay on the “horse”.
This version of “water polo” had remained popular overseas for a long time, as it was played even in 1897...... to be continued.