Polo, as a sport, dates back several thousand years in Iran. It is played in about 80 countries, and in Iran, after a long break, the first national polo championship with 6 teams was held in Tehran in 2018 with the host team becoming the champion of the tournament. 

Currently, there are about 50 polo players in Gilan, with 10 playing in the men’s section and eight in the women’s. 

Gilan has two polo fields in Talesh and Rasht, the provincial capital. 

Hamzeh Ilkhanizadeh is known as the father of modern polo and the polo ambassador in Iran. Ilkhanizadeh is attending the first round of the national beach polo championship in Talesh, Gilan, as a special guest.

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