Imphal: The Uruguay team, which is participating at the ongoing 12th Manipur Polo International 2018 tournament for the first time, is also making history of sorts.
The South American country is the only team to field a father and his two sons. On the fifth day of the tournament in Imphal on Monday, it defeated India A team 8-1.
The Uruguayan team is led by Rafael Secco, 59, and features his two sons, Juan Secco and Guillermo Secco. The other members of the team are Alenjandro Elhordoy and Juan Fernandez Danvila.
Incidentally, all of them were born in the capital city of Montevideo in Uruguay but are now living in Young city and play for the same team, Rio Nero Polo Club.
Rafael was born on February 7, 1959 in Montevideo but migrated to Young at the age of 24 years and has been living there since. As a qualified agronomist, Rafael has worked for various companies. He learned his polo from his uncle Alfredo Souza and his four brothers.
A one-goal handicap player, Rafael has been taking part in tournaments since the age of 14 years. Rafael has played polo in South Africa, Chile, Brazil, Argentina. Travelling to new places, interacting with different people, different cultures and making new friends is a very important aspect of polo for Rafael.
“Polo is a passion for me, it’s like my DNA, I don’t exist without polo,” he says, referring to his obsession with the game. This explains why he is still actively playing polo even at 59 years of age.
Taking about the Manipuri pony and the polo played here, Rafael said, “It’s a very different experience, it’s a different type of polo but a lot of fun.”