A couple of weeks ago, in the event that the government should authorise polo activity, it was agreed that the Tortugas Open would begin on October 20. Following a meeting on Tuesday, October 13, between the Argentine Association of Polo (AAP) and official representatives of the Province of Buenos Aires, a tentative kick-off date has been set for Saturday, October 24. This would mean that the Tortugas Open would run from October 24 to 31.
However, it is worth noting that a start date for the football season needs to be announced before polo can begin. According to a survey made by PoloLine, football in Argentina is likely to resume on Friday, October 30. Overall, this is positive for polo, as over the past few weeks, both international football matches (playoffs for the World Cup Qatar 2022 and the Libertadores de América Cup) and friendly games have been played behind closed doors.
Going back to polo, strict demands are being noted regarding hygiene and security protocols. It is under discussion as to who exactly would be able to attend a polo match. “It is an unusual year, no doubt about it,” AAP President Eduardo Novillo Astrada tells PoloLine. “But everyone is keen for the season to happen. We are trying to fine-tune the details, and understand what route of action is the best to take. It is a very complicated moment, but we are hopeful, waiting for the green light.”
There are many possible scenarios that can play out, but we are optimistic. The teams due to compete in the Triple Crown are currently playing practices, and they are all aware that the green light can be given overnight.