Carbon history repeats itself. With different actors and in another context. Almost 35 years after Argentina organized the first 14-goal handicap polo world cup, the legendary fields of Campo Argentino will host another event unprecedented in the history of the sport. Starting this Saturday, with the national teams of Argentina, Brazil, United States of America, Italy, England And Irelandwill begin at the Cathedral on women’s first world championshiporganized by International Polo Federation (FIP).
It is no coincidence that the first performance is in Argentina, beyond its status as the greatest political power on the planet. For five years the Polo Argentina Association, led by Eduardo Novillo Astrada (h.) between 2017 and 2021 and by Delfín Uranga since last year, are promoting women’s polo with more zeal. In fact, they created the Argentine Open for women. Given its success, the FIP supported the initiative with the creation of the world cup.
For the AAP, a body that fights for inclusion and equality in sport, it is an honor and a pride that the first match is played in the legendary fields of Palermo. That there is a women’s world cup further helps the growth of the sport and, basically, allows the development of the sector”, He expressed for THE NATION Delfín Uranga, son of Marcos, who was the creator of the absolute low handicap polo world championship, born in Buenos Aires in 1987.
In this first women’s match, which will take place almost entirely on the Palermo pitch, the six teams will compete with a cap of 16 women’s enhancement goals –Specific female handicap, different from the general one– divided into two groups of three, in which they will face each other in the American way (all of them). Next Thursday the first two teams of each group will be the protagonists of the semifinals and two days later, Saturday 16th, the final. The nine matches of the competition will be broadcast by ESPNPolo.com.
The local team (16), made up of Agustina Imaz (4), Azucena Uranga (5), Catalina Lavinia (6) and Paulina Vasquetto (1), will premiere this Saturday at 2.30pm, against Ireland (16). “Defending the Argentine shirt in the first women’s World Cup in history is a great pride. Especially for what it means to play it in Palermo, with all its history behind it. We have just won the Nations Cup and, apart from the equality of teams, we have an excellent preparation to raise the cup “, commented the young Uranga, who with 20 years he will try to honor the legacy of his father, Delfin, factotum of this tournament, and of his grandfather Marcos, former president of the FIP.
Paradoxically, Ireland has an Argentine, Ines Lalor. “Playing this World Cup for Ireland will be a unique but very rare experience. I didn’t stop to think about what could happen to me when I enter Palermo’s field 1 to face my nation in the first women’s World Cup in history, “she said. In athat with 30 years and 7 points and the player with the highest value in the competition.
But Lalor will not be alone in that strange situation of integrating another team. Italy, which will debut against Brazil this Saturday at 4 pm, will have Camila Rossi Y Maitena Marewhich were essential to the blue to get the latest European. “This World Cup will help a lot to take off the women’s polo. Although Italy is not a power, having won the European Championship makes us excited to do a great job “, commented Camila, the player with the highest score ever.
Argentina, the United States and England contested the Nations Cup while the Palermo Open was taking place last year, e the host was the champion. Now they are the ones with the highest score (16) in the World Cup, together with Ireland, and despite having 4 goals more than Brazil and Italy, a similar competition is foreseen, for the application of the advantage (4-0 in favor of weaker quartets). On the other hand, although the handicap ceiling makes it difficult for the main female polo figures on the planet to be present, the tournament will be attractive for equality of teams: the supply of horses by the FIP will be balanced between the six groupsin the style of the World Cup with 14 goals.
Renewed the traditions that have accompanied the growth of polo throughout its history, the International Polo Federation certainly updated to the new guidelines. While the development of the women’s polo has been in the works for a long time, this World Cup at the Cathedral will encourage the progress and interest of the players. It remains only that the race has the continuity of that first world championship, that of Palermo 1987.