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Marcos Di Paola: New President of the AAJP
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Marcos Di Paola: New President of the AAJP

"I told Eduardo that I was ready to work"

June 16, 2017
June 16, 2017
On being the new President of the Argentine Association of Players: 
"I just got the news so I am not feeling too different right now. We have a meeting now where Eduardo, the former President, will pass the position on to me. I’m just ready to get to work; there is a lot to do."
 
On how the decision was made: "Eduardo asked me if I would help out and replace him as President, should the Polo Union win. The idea was discussed in a players meeting and I said that I was willing to put the work in."
 
On his relationship with the players: "I get on with everyone, and it is a plus that I am not playing. I am not playing the Open, so my opinion is going to be as objective as possible. I need to get involved with many issues, such as what type of players the AAJP represents."
 
On the objectives of the AAJP: "Today the AAP, the Polo Union, will decide the best way to manage the needs of each player, beyond their handicap rating. I need to learn more about the AAJP’s goals and what players we aim to help, but I would say that we are here to help everyone. This is a player’s Association, so I don’t think that we would differentiate between professionals and patrons. We want to represent everyone."

On his ties to King Power: "We started a long time ago. I’ve known them for sixteen or seventeen years. I started coaching Vichai in Buenos Aires, in the Ellerstina Gold Cup in 2001. That is how it started and we gradually grew closer together. I travelled to Thailand several times, and then came to the UK. We have a great relationship now, and I try to help them with everything I can."

On his plans for the Argentine season: "I stopped playing the Argentine Open because I felt that I had done everything I could, and there wasn’t much point of doing the same thing over and over again. Unless a team came along with intentions of growing, them it seemed ridiculous to continue spending money on something I had already done. I am relaxed about it; I will see what I do, but the idea for now is not to play. I am not in a rush to play the Argentine Open and spend the money that entails. I enjoy it from a different place now; if I play the Cámara, great, if not, that’s fine, too. At the moment I am playing with my son Santiago, which I love doing."
 
On where he sees himself in five years: "Older, with less hair, hopefully still helping King Power and finding reasons to continue, because they have won it all. When the standards are so high, it is tough finding reasons to carry on playing. I hope we carry on together. King Power is a world class organisation, and you feel like you are a part of it. Whatever happens, I would love to continue being part of an organisation like this one."