FIFA to change altitude ban: Morales

Updated: 01 July 2007 09:22 IST

Bolivian President Evo Morales believes a ban on high-altitude matches that still applies to his country's capital, La Paz, will be reconsidered.

FIFA to change altitude ban: Morales

Zurich:

Bolivian President Evo Morales believes a ban on high-altitude matches that still applies to his country's capital, La Paz, will be reconsidered after meeting with FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Thursday.

"I am satisfied with FIFA's position. The problem will be resolved," Morales said without elaborating.

Morales went to the headquarters of world soccer's governing body a day after FIFA eased its ban on high-altitude games. FIFA moved the restrictions to World Cup qualifiers above 3,000 meters (9,840 feet) rather than 2,500 meters (8,200 feet).

Blatter said FIFA could possibly change its ban regulations again, but did not elaborate.

The change, brought on by protests from South American countries, means international matches can be played in the capitals of Colombia and Ecuador, but not in La Paz which sits at 3,600 meters (11,800 feet) above sea level.

"President Morales told me that it is not a medical or a scientific problem" to play in thin air at high altitudes, Blatter said. "It was very good and enlightening to be together."

Blatter said he told Morales he was unable to promise a new decision on Thursday, but that FIFA would discuss the issue "in the coming days."

But Milton Melgar, the Bolivian deputy sports minister traveling with Morales, said Blatter had provided some assurance that a solution would be found.

Topics : Football
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