In the land identified with the image of Maradona and Messi, there is a game that defines the local culture: the Argentine duck, the centenary game of which little is said but whose sporting offer of almost 50 tournaments a year throughout the country corresponds to the seal of being the “national sport”.
“A sport for people on horseback, bold and brave”: This is how they define the duck, an autochthonous sport associated with the traditions linked to the field that has been practiced in this land since the seventeenth century, long before Argentina emerged as such.
Meanwhile, before importing football from the English, the duck became the most popular game that emerged from the roots of the kilometer-long depopulated and gaucho Argentina.
“It is a sport that comes from our roots, from the countryside and from the gauchos. It is deeply rooted in an Argentina that was made on horseback “, commented to PROFILE Guillermo Bracuto, the president of the Argentine Federation of Duck and Horseball (FAP).
From the first historical record in 1610, through its suspension for political and religious reasons to its current organization, this “heritage of all Argentines” that avoids Anglicisms and claims the roots seeks to position itself with a national sports offer throughout the year. anus.
The origin of the Duck
It is about the authentically Argentine sport born in 1610 within the framework of the festivities for the beatification of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, in which “bullfights” were armed between gangs of horsemen who disputed the corpse of a duck inside a leather with two handles.
Due to its “dangerousness and tragic results”, first religious and later civilians prohibited gambling, something that was consummated in 1822 by the governor of Buenos Aires, Martín Rodríguez, in a decree endorsed by his minister of government, Bernardino Rivadavia, and later in 1852 by Juan Manuel de Rosas.
Despite the absolute prohibition, in practice the gauchos continued to play duck. It took more than a century for Alberto Castillo Posse, “a cultist of our traditions”, to revive the old game in 1937 and transform it into an organized sport, the prohibition of which was finally lifted in 1938 after the creation of its regulations.
Duck sports calendar
Duck sports offer is wide and federal, with different performances depending on the level of professionalism. “It is a sport that is done by lung, there are not many resources for logistics,” added Bracuto.
It has almost 50 annual tournaments composed of Inter Campos, Interprovincial and National, Exhibitions and Samples, Pato de Picadero, in addition to the fact that the Horseball discipline arose from the Argentine duck, which spread throughout Europe, America, Africa and Asia).
Meanwhile, there are eight national tournaments organized by the FAP throughout the year, such as the Novices Tournament, Stimulus Tournament, yel Remonta and Veterinary Tournament Two weeks ago in which El Parque was established champion, a contest involving 18 teams representing Córdoba, La Pampa, Santa Fé and Buenos Aires and had more than 20 games, 70 players and 300 horses.
The last event was the Argentine Low Advantage Tournament last weekend in which El Parque La Amistad was consecrated champion, while the end of the sports calendar is marked by the Argentine Pato Open Final, to be played on December 12 at the Palermo Polo Field, in CABA. The full calendar can be accessed from the web of the FAP.
How to play duck
According to the regulation, in the argentine duck Two teams of four players each, numbered 1 to 4, face each other, seeking to seize the duck (a six-handle ball) through passes and combinations, eluding their opponents and scoring on a one-meter diameter hoop.
Based on its popular recognition, and after some attempts to promote soccer as a “national sport”, finally the stamp was taken by the duck, first by decree by Juan Domingo Peron in 1953 and finally made law in 2017 by the National Congress, so it is considered “heritage of all Argentines.”
“It is a game that represents our roots and camaraderie. It is an important event in the town where he is playing and brings together 1,500 people a day every weekend, ”concluded Bracuto.
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