Juan Martin Nero from the Mercedes-AMG team and Shilai Liu from the IWC Schaffhausen team played in Windsor for a good cause. © Tony Ramirez

Laureus Polo Cup 2013.

A game with many winners.
  • Laureus Polo Cup 2013.

  • Playing for a good cause.

    It's Saturday 22 June 2013. In the historic Guard Polo Club, numerous eyes follow eight famous polo players who face each other equipped with horse, polo mallet and helmet. An exciting match begins and at the end of it, one team will take home the victory – that is sure.

    But the true winners in this rather special meeting are not the players themselves, rather a group of children. The world's best polo players came together here for the benefit of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Argentina, which serves to help needy children across Argentina. Among the polo teams present were Mercedes-AMG and IWC Schaffhausen.

    The Laureus Polo Cup 2013 in Windsor, England. © Tony Ramirez

    An event with a great influence.

    Among the enthusiastic onlookers were several famous members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, including chairman Edwin Moses, tennis legend Boris Becker, England cricket star Ian Botham and the rugby legends Sean Fitzpatrick and Hugo Porta, who is also president of the Fundación Laureus Argentina. Even the polo great and Ambassador of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, Eduardo Heguy, was on hand to cheer on the teams. He too has experienced the positive effect which sport can transmit. United in the spirit of changing the world using the power of sport, a fair match was played out on the polo field. With a final score of 5.5 to 4, the Mercedes-AMG team won the tournament.

    The Mercedes-AMG team from left to right: Juan Martin Nero, David Stirling, Mohammed Al Habtoor and Jonathan Munro Ford. © Tony Ramirez

    But Hugo Porta's thanks were extended to all those present: 'I would like to thank all of the great polo players who have taken part in this tournament as well as all those persons and companies who have provided us with support in one way or another. You all share the same conviction as Laureus, that sport can help improve the lives of youngsters.'

    Hugo Porta hands over the trophy to Mohammed Al Habtoor. © Tony Ramirez

    The power of sport.

    The aim of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation is to combat social challenges using the power of sport. Since its establishment in 2000, the foundation has raised more than 60 million euros with which it has supported 140 projects worldwide. Sean Fitzpatrick, vice-chairman of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, was especially pleased with the event at the Guard Polo Club: “All of us at Laureus are more than happy to have been able to support this magnificent day in Windsor. The event is one of the highlights of the Laureus calendar. At this amazing sporting event, we were able to collect donations for a good cause. Hugo Porta also deserves particular recognition for his passionate involvement in building up the foundation in Argentina.” On the day of the event, everyone left the playing field as a true winner.