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Wondering if elephant polo is even a sport? Well, yes, it is. Don't start criticising the idea of using elephants for human entertainment yet, because this is not even close to that. Before moving on, let us tell you something about this elephant polo tournament. King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament started in 2001 and is a unique adventure sport that's played in Nepal, Thailand and India. In Bangkok, it is played as a celebration of the Kingdom's reverence for its elephants in the most stylish and amusing way.
Since its inception, the tournament has earned the reputation of being one of the most significant charity events around the globe. With small pop-up shops selling apparels, accessories, artworks, miniature decorative, books and magazines--besides an array of food stalls--the event is more of a carnival that attracts polo enthusiasts from all around the world. This year, the 14th edition of the tournament was held for the second time in Bangkok and a total of 10 teams of players from across the world participated.
The fund-raising ceremony from the charity auction assures the well-being of wild and domesticated elephants and also looks after other wild and stray elephants, and provides them with shelter and comfort. The principal sponsor, Audemars Piguet, the ultra-luxury Swiss watch brand's team came third in the tournament. Audemars Piguet was pleased to offer the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph for the auction. It's Vintage Safari look created excitement during the live auction, fetching an astounding THB 920,000. The three-day fete also hosted a polo-style cocktail and an auction dinner, a Ladies' Day fashion show, musical evenings, morning jazz and an fruit buffet for the elephants of the game.