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8. Night game

Each July, an athletic contest takes place in northern Pakistan between rival teams representing the Chitral and Gilgit districts. The game is held under the full moon on a field high atop the Shandur Pass, 3,500 m (11,500 ft.) above sea level. What sport do they play?

A) Cricket
B) Football (soccer)
C) Polo
D) Tug of war

Your answer — D) Tug of war — was incorrect.

Polo — “hockey on horseback” — may be the most ancient of all stick-and-ball sports. It was played 2,500 years ago in Persia, and became popular among the Arab, Chinese and Mongol peoples as well. British soldiers learned it in India during the 19th century, and for a time it was viewed as a particularly English sport. Winson Churchill was an avid enthusiast, continuing to play despite infirmities until in his fifties. Nowadays the chief exponents of polo are the Argentines, with their national tradition of horsemanship. The largest tournament, the Argentine Open, is held each December in Buenos Aires.

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