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Thu 15th Oct 2020

Argentine Season Updates

Poroto Cambiaso raised to 6 goals & tentative Tortugas start

The past few days have seen a flurry of activity across the Atlantic in Argentina ahead of their Spring season. The week began with the news that after a fall, Juan Martin Nero – La Dolfina’s 10 goal back – had suffered a fractured left wrist and collarbone (today he underwent surgery to repair the injuries), which meant there is now a vacancy for the number four position in La Dolfina’s line-up.
Yesterday, Wednesday 14 October, the Argentine Polo Association (AAP) Board of Directors approved and announced the raising of 14-year-old Adolfo ‘Poroto’ Cambiaso’s handicap from 4 to 6 goals; the decision was made by the CD of the AAP according to Article 9 of Chapter 1 of the Technical Regulations of the Argentine Polo Association, which reads, “In urgent cases, the C. D. may modify the players' handicap at any time without a proposal or report from the General Handicaps Sub-Commission". Cambiaso Jnr is indeed a talented player, which he demonstrated in both his seasons in the UK and USA this year that he has talent beyond his years, and this raise in handicap means that Cambiaso Jnr is now theoretically able to take part in the Argentine Triple Crown, as the tournament stipulates that in order to play for the Triple Crown players need to be at least 6 goals. With Nero sidelined by injury, it has been reported that Cambiaso Jnr has played in a La Dolfina practice, although it hasn’t yet been confirmed if he is the official replacement for Nero. Additionally, Cambiaso Jnr is currently due to play the Copa Cámara de Diputados with Rodrigo Andrade, Santi Torres and Isidro Strada, however the Triple Crown rules mean that those who play in the Copa Cámara de Diputados are forbidden from also playing in the Triple Crown. Therefore, it will be interesting to see if Cambiaso Jnr takes part in the Copa Cámara de Diputados. 
The first tournament of the Triple Crown – The Tortugas Open, which had originally been tentatively scheduled to start on Tuesday 20 October, has now been pushed back to Saturday 24 October following a meeting that took place on Tuesday 13 October between the AAP and the Province of Buenos Aires. This start date is still a tentative date, which has yet to be fully confirmed, but teams taking part in this year’s Triple Crown have already begun their team practices as they are anticipating that the green light for polo could happen at any stage, with little warning – watch this space!
Photograph: Adolfo ‘Poroto’ Cambiaso’s handicap has been raised from 4 to 6 in Argentina. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com

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