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Fifa To Exempt La Paz From High Altitude Ban

Sat Jul 07, 2007 3:00 pm (Spanish only)

It seems official: In the wake of Evo Morales's visit to Zürich last week, Joseph S. Blatter has granted what is for now a temporary exemption for the city of La Paz, Bolivia, from the new ban that prohibits official matches from being played at an altitude of 3000 metres and above. The final decision has to be made before September, before the start of the World Cup qualifiers, although it seems to be a done deal, as 9 of all 10 South American football asociations have expressed that they'd be fine with playing in LPB. If La Paz's exemption becomes permanent, the only city in South America that will remain affected by the ban will be Cusco, Peru.

Finally a wise decision by Blatter. Granted, Cusco hasn't been given the same exemption, but still, I'm glad that there may be a permanent exemption for La Paz.
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RE: Fifa To Exempt La Paz From High Altitude Ban

Sat Jul 07, 2007 4:31 pm

People who arent from such high altitudes would have difficulty to just walk around there, let alone play 90 minutes of football. It would be a sight to see such games in La Paz. I saw an interesting video of Evo Morales himself playing soccer with some other people in La Paz.
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RE: Fifa To Exempt La Paz From High Altitude Ban

Sat Jul 07, 2007 8:04 pm

Big comedy, first ban on all World Cup qualifying games over 2500 meters above sea-level, then changed to 3000 meters,
then La Paz gets an exemption.
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RE: Fifa To Exempt La Paz From High Altitude Ban

Sat Jul 07, 2007 8:09 pm

And, from the BBC site:

"Conmebol's Andean members claimed matches played in extreme heat and humidity - such as in Brazil - are medically dangerous, but Fifa has taken no action to ban them."

Sounds like a good point.
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RE: Fifa To Exempt La Paz From High Altitude Ban

Sun Jul 08, 2007 12:20 am

The simple fact remains that playing at altitude is trully like having one team on performance-enhancing drugs (the one with the more oxygen), but that arbitrarily banning La Paz after seven decades of them playing there was also unfair.
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