|Secretary of State for Tourism, Jessie Diaz, with Team Haiti |
SAN FRANCISCO, USA (sentinel.ht) - In the 1920's and 30's, Haiti was known for holding, and having the best in its territory for polo matches. Providing the ideal tropical climate, a friendly native population welcome travelers from all over the world, who docked in its ports to enjoy the best foods, culture, entertainment and sport.
But in these times, since these times, Haiti had never fielded a national team of its own. It was a game described as "the sport of kings", a nation born of slaves who revolted, it seemed implausible to play... but as we know through Haitian history, in the heart of the enslaved can be the heart of a king, that can become king.
It is yet still remarkable that the history-making participation of the first Haitian team, in an official international tournament (USPA, et al recognized), would perform so well and in the end, hold up the championship trophy.
Box score results
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
United States 0 1 0 1 2
Haiti 1 2 2 1 6
Team Haiti was challenged by teams with long-standing records, reputations, on its way to the championship, but Panama, China and the defending international world champions, Argentina, could not stop what seemed in retrospect, a charging locomotive.
|Team Haiti [Reed Davis]|
The United States offered a very impressive defensive front, but it seemed a confused offensive attack, struck by an early goal, would culminate in an unraveling 6-2 defeat. Haiti became the Champions of the inaugural, POLOSF, Inc. and Audi Sportscar Experience International Polo Tournament in San Francisco that Sunday.
The impressive run of the Haitian squad now places it in the rankings of the world’s polo associations, opening the country for participation in tournaments throughout the world and year-round.
|Team Haiti raises Championship trophy after |
defeating the United States 6-2 in the PoloSF
and Audi Sportscar Experience International
Tournament in San Francisco, CA [Reed Davis]
|Team Captain Claude-Alix Bertrand makes a victory|
lap with the Haitian flag after the defeat of the United
States for the championship [Reed Davis]
The early game on Sunday delivered the third place to Argentina which cruised easily over Panama 8-1. Entertainment and food capped of the tournament in an on the field event that ended at 11PM.