This is not an April Fool.
All about the Idea’s Director is currently fighting for Queen and Country in Nepal at the World Elephant Polo Championships. Formerly a rugby man, Tom Tuke-Hastings now seeks his thrills in more exotic climes with even larger beasts than can be found on the pitches of Regents Park snorting through their mouth guards of a Saturday morn.
Tom said of the adventure:
Amazingly we have managed to beat the Nepali national parks and are in the final for the world championships. Wildly excited after an amazing day. It is all getting a bit serious now as we are in with a real chance as the team are doing really well. Only, significantly over excited and need a couple of people to tether me down. Very physical game today and a big one tomorrow.
Let us hope that the Elephant Polo pro’s ultimate championship nightmare does not come to pass and the animals keep their concentration: For it is written in the official World Elephant Polo Association (WEPA) rulebook:
“An elephant may not pick up the ball with its trunk during play. To do so shall constitute a foul.”