The 50th International Polo Tournament by La Reserva Club de Sotogrande commenced on 26 July and will run until August 28, with 19 teams competing to take away the coveted trophies. Juan Marín, Vice-President of the Junta de Andalucía and Tourism Councillor, as well as Juan Carlos Ruiz-Boix, Mayor of San Roque, attended the opening of the event, which is one of the four most prestigious tournaments on the polo calendar.
At the presentation, Juan Marín described the tournament as "one of the most important sporting events in our land" and showed his appreciation for the effort made to ensure that it could take place despite the pandemic. Likewise, Juan Carlos Ruiz-Boix hailed the history of the polo tournament as a "success story" and noted the importance of the event for tourism in Cádiz.
The matches are being played in three of Sotogrande's most remarkable clubs - Ayala Polo Club, Dos Lunas Polo Club and Santa María Polo Club - and encompass three levels of competition: the highest of these is high goal, also known as high handicap, in which six teams are competing; then there is medium goal (or medium handicap; also six competing teams); and finally low goal (or low handicap; seven competing teams).
The superstars of polo are battling it out for three titles: the Volvo Bronze Cup (whose final takes place on 31 July), the Terralpa Silver Cup (final on 14 August), and the 50th Anniversary Gold Cup (grand final on 28 August). Among those participating are world number one Adolfo Cambiaso, who is returning to Sotogrande after a five-year absence, and Hilario Ulloa, returning after an incredible ten-year absence. Europe's most impressive players - Pascual Sainz de Vicuña, Robert Strom and Pelayo Berazadi - will also be in action.
Entry to the polo matches is free of charge and all the necessary Covid-19 measures are in place to ensure a safe environment. The event is also taking place in the open air and the venue includes spacious gardens. For those who cannot make it to the event, Pololine TV is streaming the high goal games and the most important medium goal games.
As in previous years, the tournament is not only for polo enthusiasts but for all the family. Among the activities taking place in tandem with the event are concerts, games for children, shopping opportunities and gastronomic experiences. There is also the opportunity to receive VIP treatment, which includes box and terrace reservation for the best views of the pitches, catering services and more.