Polo star Javier Novillo Astrada dies at 37
The polo player has been coping with a terminal illness and passed away yesterday at the age of 37. The Argentine Association of Polo (AAP) said Javier Novillo Astrada “left an indelible mark in everyone who shared his human and sport career.”
The AAP posted on its website a detailed description of Novillo Astrada’s career in polo that dates back to 1989 when he signed up to play the so called Stimulus Coup (Copa Estímulo in Spanish), his first official tournament which he won along with his brothers Eduardo and Miguel and Raúl Giménez, one of his polo masters.
After winning several local championiships, Javier shaped up Argentina’s national polo team to compete in the 1995 Polo World Championship in Dusserldorf and St. Moritz.
Although Argentina lost against Brazil, the young player began to play a significant role in AAP-organized tournaments.