Photo: Beach Polo World Cup in Miami
Members of the Hispanic elite here in the unofficial capital of Latin America flocked to Miami Beach on Friday for the Beach Polo World Cup.
“There are elegant women and everyone is wearing her best clothes,” television host Candela Ferro told Efe. “There are many single girls here to see if they can get a polo player.”
Yolanda Suarez, who told Efe she came with her husband, a big polo fan, said the tournament “attracts many international tourists” because the sport is “very pretty, very fine and very elegant.”
The presence of polo devotees for one of the sport’s major international events brings added glamour to Miami Beach, she said.
The crowd is “elitist,” Ferro acknowledged, given that polo “is an expensive game and logically the people who play come from families with a lot of money, or are hired players.”
Even so, she said, people of all kinds enjoy polo and the horses, while holding a competition on the beach can make the sport “a little more popular.”
One of the stars of the tournament, Argentina’s Guillermo Usandizaga, said the choice of the beach venue “is more for show and entertainment.”
“It’s important to dress with class and here the style of Miami is worn,” spectator Yanellys Prieto said, admitting that she arrived late because she was busy buying new clothes for the occasion.