The IPA was established in 1892. it is registered
under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 (Punjab
Amendment) Act 1957 as extended to the Union Territory
of Delhi. The registered office of the association is
co-located with the ‘B’ Squadron, 61 Cavalry,
The objectives of the Association
a) To govern the game of Horse Polo in India.
b) To propagate the game and its bye laws in Conjunction
with the Federation of International Polo.
c) To aid and promote this game both Nationally and Internationally.
The IPA is the Governing Body of Polo
in India and is responsible for all laws regulating the
game. It is the final authority of appeal in all matters
relating to polo and is empowered to amend or, annul the
existing laws of the game or, to frame new rules. The
IPA is affiliated to the Federation of International Polo
The affairs of the IPA are managed by the Office Bearers
and a body of Stewards constituted biennially at a General
Body Meeting which is held sometime in May/June. This is
in accordance with the Memorandum and Rules and Regulations
of the IPA.
For function and administrative requirement,
IPA has the following committees: -
i) The members of the Handicapping Committee are
nominated by the Stewards annually.
ii) The committee is responsible to allot handicaps to all
iii) The Handicapping Committee meets annually sometime
in May/June at the end of the IPA Polo Calendar and if required
during the mid season.
iv) The revised handicaps are effective from 1st Aug.
A Selection Committee is nominated
by the Stewards as per requirement. The Selection Committee
for the year 2015-2016 is as under: -
Mr. Lal Chand is the Assistant Secretary
of the IPA. He is assisted
by a clerk who is paid an allowance.
At present 33 clubs are affiliated to the IPA.The rate of
affiliation fee is Rs. 20000/- per annum.
All individuals playing polo have to be members of the IPA
through a parent club. The rate of playing membership fee
is Rs. 2,000/- per annum.
The polo year is from 1 Jul to the 30 Jun of the next year.
Polo tournaments in India are played under the aegis of
the IPA at various centers. The polo calendar is finalised
by the Stewards every year.
Polo centers have been classified in three categories
on the number of players, polo ponies, polo ground, and
popularity of the game in those areas as under.
Cat ‘A’ : Delhi, Jaipur, Bombay and Jodhpur
Cat ‘B’ : Hyderabad, Calcutta, Bangalore,
Madras and Dehra Dun
Cat ‘C’ : Manipur, Ladakh, Meerut and Patiala
The fee for conducting polo as per categorization
of centers is as under: -
Cat ‘A’ : Rs. 60,000/- per week
Cat ‘B’ : Rs. 15,000/- per week
Cat ‘C’ : Exempted.
The accounts of the association are maintained by
the Honorary Secretary and the accounting year is from
1 Apr to 31 Mar. The accounts are audited by the nominated
Chartered Accountants. The accounts are presented and
ratified in the AGM.
The association has four Trophies. These are “The
President’s Cup”, “The IPA Championship”, “Indian Masters Cup“
and “Junior National Championship”. The president’s
cup is played in rotation at a polo center decided by the
Stewards every year. The Junior National Championship is played
annually during Feb/Mar polo season in Delhi. The IPA Championship & Indian Master Cup are played annually during Nov polo season in Delhi.
The Jaipur Polo Ground within the Delhi Race Course
in on lease to the IPA from Ministry of Urban Development
and Poverty Aleviation.
The World Cup Polo Championship is being conducted
under the aegis of the Federation International De Polo
(FIP) to which the Indian Polo Association is affiliated.
The Championship is played amongst all the polo playing
countries of the world who are members of the FIP. Elimination
rounds have been planned on a zonal basis and two teams
from each zone play the finals. The world cup is a 14
goal tournament and is played after every three years.
Based on the strength of polo players, polo playing countries
have been grouped into four Zones for elimination rounds
a) Zone ‘A’ - South America
b) Zone ‘B’ - North America
c) Zone ‘C’ - Europe
d) Zone ‘D’ - Oceania, Africa and Asia.
The IX World Cup Championship was held
from 10th to 21st October 2011 in Argentina.
The IPA organizes international polo series with various
countries on reciprocal basis. The IPA, had organized several
international polo series between India and Argentina,
South Africa, New Zealand, Spain and Australia since Nov 2004 which
were a great success.