Bolivia releases stamp on soccer ban

June 14th, 2008 - 5:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Lima, June 14 (Xinhua) Bolivian President Evo Morales has released a postage stamp in recognition of the campaign he initiated to allow soccer matches in high-altitude Andean countries. The stamp was issued in the capital La Paz Friday. It costs three Bolivianos (almost $0.5).

Morales, Vice President Alvaro Garcia, Public Works Minister Oscar Coca and the president of the Philatelic Federation Eugenio Bombec attended the event.

“I want to congratulate Ecobol (postal department) for presenting this stamp as a proof of the fight for the universality of soccer,” Morales said.

Football’s world body FIFA last year decided to ban international matches in cities 2,750 meters above the sea level. The move affected stadiums in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Mexico. Last month, FIFA postponed the ban by two years till 2010.

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