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India has rich historical ties with many of the sporting traditions including Polo. The game of Polo originated in India is one of the few countries in the world where this game is still preserved and practiced. The Kolkata Polo Club is the oldest Polo club in the world and is 150 year old. Therefore Polo can rightly be termed as "Heritage Sports" of India.
Tourism sector has immense potential in adding to the economic growth and socio-economic development in the country through its multiplier effect. The country can utilize its unlimited potential to develop the niche sectors like golf, caravan, polo, adventure sports etc. The sports sector has a major economic impact, contributing billions of dollars to the economy and scope for employment generation. The trend towards travel for the purpose of participating in some sports activity is both significant and growing in India worldwide.
With an objective to promote India as a 365 days destination and show case it as a multiple tourism attraction destination, the Ministry of Tourism has included promotion of Polo as a niche tourism product.
The Ministry of Tourism promotes Polo in collaboration with the Indian Polo Association and has drafted guideline identifying broad areas of support for promotion of this game as Niche Tourism Product. These guideline are presently under consideration.