Asian Sports

group of men riding horses about to play polo sport
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Polo originated in Iran and was introduced to Britain and Ireland by the British Army after it was discovered there.

Polo (Iran – Central Asia)

Polo (Iran)

FIP European Championships: 2016

Polocrosse (Northern Australia)

IPC World Cup (Editions): 2019 2003

Irish Polocrosse Association National Finals (Years):


Irish Polocrosse Association A Grade Tournaments (Years):


Kabaddi is an Indian Tag Game, popular throughout South Asia, whereby a team has to tag players on the opposing team and get back to their own base without being tagged in turn in the time it takes to hold their breath. In order to ensure the players are holding their breath they have to repeat “Kabaddi” over and over again.

Kabaddi (India – South Asia)

Kabaddi (Ireland)

Kabaddi Trinity Indian Society 2013

Pro Kabaddi (India)

Pro Kabaddi (India) 2013-Present

MALAYSIA, KUALA LUMPUR, 10 SEPTEMBER 2017 – Sepak Takraw Athletes perform during 29th Sea Games Kuala Lumpur 2017.

Picture Credit: Mohd Nasirruddin Yazid

Sepak Takraw is a version of Volleyball played with every part of the body except the arms and is Native to Malaysia and Thailand, both of whom claim to have invented it and where the game is a National Sport. It is popular throughout South East and East Asia.

Sepak Takraw (Malaysia, Thailand – South East Asia)

Sepak Takraw (Ireland)

UCD Sepak Takraw Club 2014-Present

Sepak Takraw League (Malaysia)

Sepak Takraw League (Malaysia) 2015-2016

Sepak Takraw Games (East Indonesia)

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Kemari is an ancient Keepie-Uppie Version of Football from Japan.


Hanetsuki is a traditional Japanese form of Badminton.

Japanese Sports

Hanetsuki (Japanese Badminton)

Kemari (Japanese Football)

Kemari (Japanese Football Code) 794-Present

soccer player kick the ball near people sitting on canopy tent
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Cuju is an ancient Keepie-Uppie Version of Football from China.

Chinese Sports

Cuju (Chinese Football)

Cuju (Chinese Football Code) 770 BC – Present