The highly-anticipated BENDURA BANK Snow Polo World Cup scheduled from the 14th until the 17th of January 2021 will be postponed until January 2022.
The decision was made by the Lifestyle Events GmbH management, alongside the event sponsors and Kitzbühel Tourismus upon careful consideration of the figures published by the Austrian Department of Public Health. According to founder and organizer Tito Gaudenzi, “we have to adapt to the world the way it is today. Safety is and will always come first.”
Many factors contributed to the decision to postpone the tournament. The global uncertainty and travel restrictions, as well as the mandatory quarantine guidelines, have made it impossible to successfully organize an event attended by international audience─with players coming from over ten countries, over 120 horses, and guests from around the world. Although the management has come up with alternative options to organize the event safely, they realized that they could not execute the event up to their traditional standards and expectations with all the current restrictions in place.
Collectively looking ahead
BENDURA BANK is a sponsor with a long history supporting the Snow Polo World Cup. “For 18 years, we have been a sponsor of the BENDURA BANK Snow Polo World Cup and carry a very successful partnership with the organizer. The event lives and thrives through its connection with our international guests and the pleasure of getting together on this occasion to unite and celebrate the sport, but the safety of our guests is most important. Hence, with renewed appreciation, vigor, and confidence, we look forward to the next polo event and many more Snow Polo World Cups in Kitzbühel,” Dr. Peter Krenn, CEO of BENDURA BANK, explains.
Dr. Viktoria Veider-Walser, Executive Director at Kitzbühel Tourismus, says, “Together, we are facing great challenges in these eventful times. The Snow Polo World Cup has been one of Kitzbühel’s winter highlights for 18 years now and is firmly anchored in our calendar. We sincerely regret that the actual situation does not allow the 19th edition to be held. Nevertheless, we look forward with confidence towards 2022.”
“We have successfully built and organized this event for over 18 years now, and we are in this for the long run! We believe in the future of this crown event for the international sport of polo, and have been fortunate to grow together with BENDURA BANK and Kitzbühel Tourismus along with all of our great partners and sponsors,” Tito Gaudenzi confidently announces.
For those who have purchased VIP tickets for the 2021 event, tickets will be reimbursed or credited towards the 2022 tournament.
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Pámela Piedad is a journalist, author, designer, and the Editor-in-Chief of POLO LADY Magazine.