The EURASIAN POLO LEAGUE (RUSSIA) was created as an integrated development project firstly to re-invigorate the majestic sport of polo into the hearts of ordinary Russian people but more importantly as a tool for social and economic development in the form of a non-extractive sector of the economy. Using this innovative development people from all walks of life have the opportunity to begin an exciting and prosperous career in this new sector.
Russia and the CIS have long histories of participating in sports involving horses and many of them are reminiscent of modern polo. Guybozi, Chovgan, Ulak-Kupkari and Kok-par are very historic games and all share similarities with polo.
However a lot of development is still required for these countries to take a strong position on the international stage and become a major part of the global polo enterprise.
The creation of a sustainable polo business provides many business opportunities as it crosses many sectors of employment from culture and sport, tourism to take part or spectate in polo events through to marketing and advertising. These are but a small selection of the opportunities available allowing for innovative industrial development and entrepreneurs to take advantage of the vast potential of this non-raw material sector of the economy - the geography, culture and history and most important, the people.
One of the key tasks of the EURASIAN POLO LEAGUE is organization of the human resources into professional teams who are able to coordinate and successfully implement projects. These teams will then be responsible for the formation of breeding programs, management of new polo clubs, creating the infrastructure and organizing International Polo Championships and events in Russian regions and the CIS.
Polo and the resulting economic boost is not the end of the story. It is also an amazing tool in the development of the population. Providing employment as well as growing the cultural value of the people is key in increasing the living standard which in turn with develop their potential as key business figures and entrepreneurs.
The leader and inspiration behind the EURASIAN POLO LEAGUE is Vladlena Hermés, President of the Federazione Polo Italiana (Italian Polo Federation), Chairman of VLADI POLO Industria and the Eurasian Polo Committee and expert in the field of socio-economic development and the first Russian polo player of the post-Soviet period.
The fundamental purpose behind the EURASIAN POLO COMMITTEE is to regulate the relations between the Polo Federations of Europe and those of the CIS countries. Through this the EPF is creating associations and opening dialogues between the owners of polo clubs and polo teams, breeders of polo ponies, manufacturers of polo equipment and polo enthusiasts and Eurasian countries allowing for a stronger and better formed polo business.
The EPF is not just about making the sport accessible for everyone, it's main function is to be used as an innovative tool for the social and economic development of towns and villages within CIS countries and forming a new sector of the economy which focuses on the non-extractive resources of the region and thereby making the economy less reliant on selling raw materials.
Currently the EURASIAN POLO COMMITTEE is developing the framework structure for the EURASIAN POLO LEAGUE however the committee is already realizing the goals and objectives set for the EPL.
The EPC was formed in Rome, Italy on the 28 September 2013. The founders of the committee are also responsible for the formation of four international organizations: the Italian Polo Federation (Federazione Polo Italiana - FPI), VLADI POLO Industria, the Association of Business Women of Kazakhstan and the Kazakhstan Polo Federation.
The combined efforts of the FPI and VLADI POLO Industria have made them the most productive members of the global polo industry making Italy the world centre for the infrastructure of polo.
Considering the role of the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan and other CIS countries as a whole in the development of polo , it should be noted that, historically, there has developed many equestrian games that are reminiscent of polo in the way they are played and in their rules. Games such as Guybozi, Chovgan, Ulak-Kupkari and Kok-par are very historic and all share similarities with polo.
However, only half of the proposed massive development will enable regions to gain a strong foothold in the international arena and becoming part of the global polo world.
As with all projects of this scale there is a considerable deficit in the newly created labour market creating positions for polo pony breeders, equipment and manufacturers, managers, trainers, polo players, journalists, advertisers and event organizers and many others. It clearly shows how polo can be used as a unique and innovative tool to effectively solve unemployment issues within the agriculture, tourism, culture and sports, youth policy, entrepreneurship and modern industrial development sectors of the economy while at the same time ensuring effective use of the non-raw material resources of the regions - the geography, history and most importantly the people.
These foundations are the bases of the EURASIAN POLO COMMITTEE and focuses their key tasks into the production process of polo ponies in Kazakhstan, Russia and other CIS countries, the creation of industry professionals for polo, services and management consulting for polo clubs, construction sites and organizing and hosting International Championships for polo. Once the infrastructure is in place it will allow Eurasian polo clubs to host events not just in their respective countries but potentially world wide.