SIR CHARLES WILLIAMS (left) being presented with a Moy painting by Argentina’s ambassador Gustavo Martinez Pandiani. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)
BUSINESS MOGUL Sir Charles Williams has received hundreds of gifts and accolades over the years.
But it is doubtful whether any impacted him as emotionally as when he received his own Alexandro Moy painting from Argentina’s ambassador Gustavo Pandiani at “The Different Strokes” polo edition at Holder’s Hill yesterday evening.
Pandiani indicated that Sir Charles had been a key contributor to the 50-year relationship which existed between Argentina and Barbados. While confessing that he knew little about polo, the envoy said he was told a serious polo enthusiast needed to own a horse and a polo painting by Moy.
Sir Charles was close to tears in accepting the praises and the painting. He said his one regret was that the person who introduced him to polo was no longer alive. Revealing that his father died from a heart attack, Sir Charles vowed to continue supporting the work of the Heart and Stroke Foundation through polo drives.
Described as a pioneer and chief protagonist of polo in the Caribbean by the government of Argentina, Sir Charles said that as long as his eyes were open, he would continue to watch the Argentina Open which was reputed to be the best in the world, and which he had watched every year since 1999 with the exception of 2001. (KB)