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Cablegate: Soccer in the Andes

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL ECON BL SCUL
SUBJECT: SOCCER IN THE ANDES

REF: LA PAZ 1739

1. SUMMARY: FIFA's (the International Soccer Federation's)
May 27 ban on international matches above 2,500 meters has
provoked a sharp backlash in Bolivia. President Evo Morales
has initiated an international campaign to overturn the
decision, asking governments to contact their soccer
federations to seek support for suspending the ban pending a
medical study on the effects of altitude (reftel: A). On June
26, embassy La Paz received a diplomatic note and a letter
from President Morales addressed to President Bush
reiterating these requests. Post has informally translated
the letter, which we forward to you for your consideration
below: END SUMMARY.

2. (COMPLIMENTARY OPENING):

The campaign initiated by Bolivia against FIFA's decision
which affects every Andean country - and threatens to divide
South American soccer - is sustained by the peoples' right to
play sports where they are born and live, without suffering
discrimination or exclusion on account of their geographic
conditions, ethnicity, culture, economic status, or any other
natural trait.

In that sentiment, we believe that soccer cannot lose its
universal spirit and should maintain its values of
brotherhood, solidarity, and friendship between peoples as a
sport without borders or altitude limits. Above all, we are
convinced that the social value of soccer as a motor of
integration in Latin American and the World should prevail.

In the virtue of these arguments, I would like to emphasize
the demand for which Bolivia has become the standard-bearer,
pronounced on June 14, in front of the Confederacin
Sudamericana de Ftbol (CONMEBOL). With the cohesion of the
Andean countries to unify the voice of all South America -
together and unanimously ) we are soliciting the suspension
of FIFA's executive committee ban at its next meeting in
Zurich on the 27th of June.

With these antecedents and applying the spirit of brotherhood
that should guide the relations between peoples, countries,
and continents, permit me to respectfully solicit your
backing and solidarity with this just cause that has been
pronounced in one voice of all of South America. To have this
voice listened to and to stop these recurring threats to the
practice of soccer at altitude, we must strengthen the
solidarity and cohesion of the representatives of the
associations and confederations of profession soccer and
especially the members of FIFA's executive committee.

From the Andes and Latin America, we recognize, applaud, and
enjoy the diversity of the sport and invite the peoples of
the world to join us so that no one is prohibited from
continuing to play soccer in the mountains, by the sea, in
the tropics, on plains, or anywhere else the people want.

(COMPLIMENTARY CLOSING)


GOLDBERG

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