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Bolivia president to play soccer to oppose FIFA ban 2007-06-13 08:52:04
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    LIMA, June 12 (Xinhua) -- Bolivia's president Evo Morales, left for Sajama, a mountain in the western Andes, on Tuesday to play a game of soccer at 6,542 meters above sea level, aiming to show that high-altitude soccer is not a health risk, according to news reaching here.

    The match is part of an international campaign by Morales to reverse a ban on international games held at over 2,500 meters above sea level imposed by soccer's governing body, the International Federation of Football Associations.

    Morales considers the ban unjust for Bolivia and for Andean sport in general.

    Morales will have to walk for three hours to reach the Sajama summit field. Following the match he will go to de Marzo, a village at 4,000 meters above sea level, to play another match.

    Morales said on Thursday he will travel to Paraguay's capital, Asuncion, to meet Nicolas Leoz, president of the South American Football Federation, to explain the concern that Bolivia and other Andean nations feel over the FIFA ban.

Editor: Wang Hongjiang
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