Andean nations stand firm against FIFA altitude football ban

FIFA’s decision to ban international football games in high altitude stadiums is causing outrage in the Andean zone.

Peruvian football officials have suggested that if the ruling to bar venues located above 2,500m comes into effect, stadiums in regions prone to high temperature (such as Sao Paolo) and humidity (such as Buenos Aires) should also be struck off the list, as these conditions can also provoke health concerns for the players.

The official decision will be made in Paraguay on June 15th, and Andean nations are forming a concerted front to oppose the measure.

Peru hoped to play qualifying rounds in Cuzco (3,400m), while the capitals of the other Andean region nations of Ecuador (Quito, 2,800m), Colombia (Bogota, 2,650m) and Bolivia (La Paz, 3,600m) would also be ruled out by the measure, which violates the tradition that each country has the right to choose a local venue and play “at home”.

All four countries plan to boycott Venezuela’s Copa America to put pressure on the country, which is seen as having the deciding vote at the Paraguay conference.

Pele has made statements welcoming the measure, as many Brazilians consider high altitude games a form of cheating in the wake of a string of losses – such as their 1-0 loss to Ecuador in a qualifying game for last year’s World Cup. That match was played in Quito, and players complained of breathlessness due to the altitude.

Peru beat Venezuela in U17 soccer championship


The Peruvian under 17 soccer team chalked up their first win in the final round of the South American Championship, taking place in Ecuador at the moment, beating Venezuela 2-1.

Christian La Torre scored the fastest goal of the tournament, making a visionary play within the first minute, and leaving
Venezuela’s goalkeeper looking in confusion at the ball in the back of his net. The striker was expelled from the tournament in the 35th minute after a violent incident that also left him injured.

Venezuela’s response came swiftly, with Yonatan Del Valle hammering home the equalizer.

But in the end, it was not enough to stop the red-and-white steamroller that has suffered only a single defeat in the whole tournament. Left-footer Cesar Ruiz slid in one more goal in the 81st minute, and when the whistle blew it left Venezuela eliminated and Peru through to the next round.

U17 Venezuela win leaves three players injured


In the wake of Peru’s 2-1 victory against Venezuela in the South American Under-17s Soccer Championship being held in
Ecuador at the moment, three members of the squad have been reported injured. One has suffered a thigh injury and two have damaged knee ligaments; one of the latter also suffered a concussion.

The team doctor now has to ensure that the two defenders are match fit in time for their fixture against Brazil tomorrow; the forward, as well as being the more seriously injured, has been expelled from the tournament.

In a pep talk before the game, coach Juan José Oré told the players “you have had more rest days, those injured are now back on form, you’re taking well to the altitude, with what you’ve done so far we can all go to Chimborazo if you want.”

See also:
Peru beat Venezuela in U17 soccer championship
Peru through to the next stage in South American Under 17 football cup

Dutchman sets off to row the Pacific


Dutchman Ralph Tuijn set off into the sea off Peru in a rowing boat on Wednesday in an attempt to break a record by crossing the Pacific, where he will be up against sharks, violent winds and powerful currents. 34-year-old Tujin embarked from the beach resort of La Punta on a journey that he expects to last about 270 days and cover 13,000 kilometers between Peru and Brisbane, on the other side of the ocean. 

“I like to row, I like adventures and I have already crossed the Atlantic Ocean, leaving me just one that is bigger: the Pacific. That’s the main reason I’m doing this,” he told press, talking about what drives him to cross the world’s biggest ocean using just the power of his arms. The Dutchman, keen on nature and extreme sports, seems like a superman. He has covered 80,000km on his bicycle and in his rowing boat, never using more power than he can generate with his own body. 

“I’ve rowed the North Sea twice, and crossed Asia on a bicycle three times and Russia twice,” he said. Crossing the Pacific is the second stage of the Zeeman Ocean Challenge, set by the same Dutch textiles company that sponsored Zeeman on his voyage across the Atlantic from the Canaries to Curacao. Funds go to a children’s hospital in Mumbai run by save the children. 

His boat is 7.2m long and 1.9m wide, weighs little more than a ton and is fully equipped with solar panels, two satellite telephones, four GPS navigation systems, two VHF radio antennae and two EPIRB systems to raise the alarm in case of emergency – but no motor of any kind. “I also have two 100W sound systems, which are very important for keeping me awake. I asked my brother to put as much music as he could onto my Ipod,” said Tujin. 

Tujin treats winds, storms and currents with a good sense of humor, also joking about the dangers posed by animals such as the Great White Shark. “If the sharks are small, I try to get them into the boat and have them for my dinner, and if they’re big I scare them off as the sometimes rock the boat or bite it…. But if the wind of the currents change, they could dash my boat against the shore and break it into pieces,” he said. 

Tujin will maintain a rigid schedule of two hours rowing followed by two hours rest throughout the nine months of the voyage. He will use the rest time to cook, repair his boat, write articles and talk to his wife and two-year-old son. He will only be able to sleep for two hours each night, so as not to lose his course of be dragged into a current. Despite his calm attitude, Tujin knows that this is the biggest challenge he has ever faced, and that he is playing with his life. However, if he is successful his next plan is to cross the Indian Ocean. “But please don’t tell my wife,” he joked.

Winnie, who has been married to Tujin for just a year, smiled and assured press that “he won’t do it”, not because she says so but because the climate of the Indian Ocean makes it impossible to cross in a rowing boat. 

“I let him carry on doing things, it’s fine by me, I know that he likes it and that he’ll be coming back,” she said with a smile. “They generally say that I’m crazy,” acknowledged Tujin.

Peru through to the next stage in South American Under 17 football cup


After making it through more than 90 minutes of play in Ecuador, the Peruvian team scored against the home team in the golden goal phase of yesterday’s game. In this way Juan José Oré’s boys have become the first team to qualify for the final stage of the South American under 17 football cup. Furthermore, this result guarantees them a place in the Panamerican games in Brazil.

While Ecuador dominated the game, their goal never came and now the hosts have to defend themselves against the Brazilian eleven if they are to make the playoff.

Peru beat Brazil 2-1 in their first match of the tournament, took Bolivia apart in a 4-1 rout, and then lost 3-1 to
Chile. They hoped to pick up their standard of play after the Brazil match, but the improvement never materialized.
All the same, they are now through to the final round.

The Peruvian team will not have to play in the last set of matches in this round. The South American tournament will decide which four teams will make the Under 17 World Cup in South Korea, and which four will gain automatic places at the Panamerican in Brazil.

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FIFA to rule on Peru’s astro-turf pitches


 FIFA will evaluate the astro-turf pitches that have caused much debate in Peru due to the physical injuries that players have sustained, says a source at Notimex.

A spokesperson for the Peruvian Sports Institute (IPD) told press that an expert sent by FIFA will visit Peru in mid-April in order to examine the pitches in question, located in the cities of Lima, Trujillo, Chiclayo and Piura.

Before that visit, another FIFA expert will hold a course on maintenance of artificial pitches, offering training to representatives of the football federations of South American countries.

Peru is currently the only country in the South American Football Federation (CONMEBOL) that possesses astro-turf pitches, installed in stadiums in Lima and in the North for the under-17’s World Cup that took place here in 2005.

Adapted from RPP Noticias