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Haiti Polo Team Captain named goodwill ambassador and at large to Haiti

Haiti’s Polo Team Captain Claude-Alix Bertrand has been named ambassador of Goodwill and at Large to Haiti in recognition for his achievement as an International Polo Player and his commitment to empower the country through tourism and sports. Bertrand received the distinguish honour from the President of the Republic of Haiti, His Excellency, Mr. Michel Joseph Martelly, Minister of Tourism Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin along with Minister of Youth, Sports and Civic Action, Mr. Himler Rébu at a special ceremony held in the National Palace.

Claude-Alix Bertrand: “I humbly accept the nomination of Ambassador bringing together my passion for Polo and love of country which will help change Haiti’s image through sports, tourism and economic development.”

At a press conference held by The Minister of Tourism Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin and the Minister of Youth, Sports and Civic Action, Mr. Himler Rébu, Bertrand officially announced the creation of Haiti’s first Polo Resort and Club in addition to a training school. He also toured various sites in Haiti such as Côtes-de-Fer in order to study the possibility of inserting a development project for a Polo Resort and a Car racing track.

Bertrand founded the Haiti Polo Team in February 2014. The team won its first International Polo Tournament on 3rd August, 2014 in San Francisco, California. They defeated the United States by a score of 6-2. The International Polo Tournament was hosted by Polo SF and Luxury automotive Audi Sportscar Experience at the Cerro Pampa Polo Club. This victory will allow the team to participate in numerous tournaments throughout the world. Haiti Polo Team is scheduled to compete in the South American International Polo Championships in Cordoba, Argentina from October 8th to 12th.

Haiti Polo Team will also be competing in The Bentley Polo Championships in Scottsdale AZ October 25th and 26th (www.thepoloparty.com). The President Of Haiti has confirmed he will be attending the tournament finals on the 26th of October with an official delegation including The Minister of Tourism Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin and the Minister of Sports Himler Rebu.

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