by Afrodite Papadopoulou (A class)
I think we all know this famous sport with the horses and the sticks being played in England, but did you know that there is another sport also named polo but its players are in the water (of course without the horses!).
Water Polo is a team water sport. It is played with seven players – one of whom is at the goal post and is known as the goalkeeper. Each team can have a total of fifteen players along with their substitutes. The game consists of four quarters in which the two teams attempt to score goals by throwing the ball into their opponent’s goal post. The team with the most goals at the end of the game wins the match. Except for the goalkeeper, the players participate in both offensive and defensive roles. Players require stamina and endurance to play the game because water polo is famous for its underwater fights.
Special equipment for the sport includes a water polo ball, numbered and colored caps and two goal posts. The game requires knowledge in swimming and ball handling. Also hours of training, specific diet and recuperation programmes are required.
Water Polo, as all sports, teaches significant values to its athletes and helps them to socialise through joining a group of common interests and aims.