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What is one of the sports that attract the youngest people today? Surely everyone will not be too surprised to hear the name Water Polo, also known as underwater volleyball.
To know how attractive water polo is, let’s learn the basic things about this water sport like its origin, history and development.
What is Water Polo?
Water polo is a team sport played underwater. The team consists of a goalkeeper and 6 players. The two sides struggled to throw the ball back and forth to score many goals in the opponent’s goal.
Playing well in this sport requires the skills of swimming and floating on the water. The players pass the ball back and forth together and are intercepted by the opponent. They scored by throwing the ball in the defense of the goalkeeper. Water polo has many similarities with land handball and it requires a lot of stamina.
To perform the technique of deep diving, the diver must be able to control the rhythm of breathing evenly so as not to be choked.
The origin of water polo
Water polo was derived from swimming shows at festivals and fairs in England and Scotland in the late 19th century. During this period, William Wilson was believed to have developed the game.
Water polo today was developed under the London Water Ball Federation. Gradually develop in many countries such as the United States, China, Australia, Canada, and Brazil. In the past, water polo was called “Water Rugby” but later changed to “Water Polo”.
Today, water polo has 7 main players and 6 substitute players. The ball used is made from waterproof nylon. The ball size is quite similar to the ball in football. Using the ball like this ensures the best play always possible.
The history of water polo
What is the history of Water Polo? The water polo sport began to be recorded in 1896 in England. This is a developed sport like “rugby water polo” often played in rivers and lakes in England. At that time, people used flags to mark the goal. The goalkeepers can now even use a rowing boat.