Luca Masso is the son of the former tennis player Eduardo Masso and Sabrina Merckx, the daughter of the Belgian cycling legend. As a youngster, he played for the national teams of Belgium, but he eventually opted for Argentina.
"The decision was not an easy one", explains Masso. "Argentina is a long way from Belgium and I haven't been there so often." However, he was entitled to make the choice considering the Argentine roots of his father.
"I hadn't played for Belgium's U21 for a while when the national team coach of Argentina contacted me. The Belgian hockey federation informed me that I wouldn't be picked for the olympic squad in Rio, and after consulting my family, I chose to play for Argentina. Mind you, I wasn't guaranteed a spot in the olympic team, but I was picked after all."
"Now I am glad I made the decision. It's every athlete's dream to take part in the Olympic Games." Eddy Merckx showed his understanding from the onset: "He told me straightaway he would always support me, whichever choice I would make."
"I hope that in the end both Belgium and Argentina can return home with an olympic medal."