Antonio Nava started playing polo at the age of 15. He joined the Mexican Military College in 1921 and graduated with the rank of lieutenant. He went on to reach the rank of major general in 1960. A 6-goal handicap player he was the number two, and captain of the Mexico team that won the bronze medal at the 1936 Olympics and in 1941 was a member of the Mexico team beaten in his countryâs first international match against the United States. The following year he was voted the sportswritersâ âAthlete of the Yearâ. He later became the President of the Mexican Polo Association and after his playing days ended he entered politics and was for a short time in the 1960s the governor of the Mexican state of Puebla.