The players wield 2.5 meter-long mallets to reach the ground from the back of their mammoth steeds.
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The elephants lumber across the field on the edge of a Nepalese jungle in pursuit of a small white ball. It might be slightly slower-paced than its horseback equivalent, but there's nothing sedate about these polo pachyderms.Nepal has hosted the annual international elephant polo championships since 1982, attracting players, celebrities, adventure-seekers – and the occasional first timer – for a chance to take part in one of the most unusual sports around.The game is based on horse polo, but with two people on the back of each elephant – a mahout that does the driving and the player who is concentrating on scoring.This year, eight four-member teams took part in the championship, with players flying in from over 10 countries including Britain, the United States, Australia, Iceland, Holland and Sri Lanka.
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