President Evo Morales Will Ask Chile to Turn Games Over to Bolivia

By Dialogo
February 24, 2010

Bolivian president Evo Morales will ask his outgoing Chilean counterpart Michelle Bachelet to turn the organization of the 2014 South American Sport Organization (Odesur) Games over to Bolivia, an official source in La Paz said Thursday. “It’s complicated for Odesur to allow us to hold the Games, since Chile is the host, but the president (Morales) would like them to be held in our country and will take advantage of the summit in Mexico to meet with the Chilean president and ask her to turn the organization over to us,” Vice-Minister of Sport Miguel Angel Rimba said. President Morales has previously expressed his desire to host the Tenth Odesur Games in 2014, taking advantage of the infrastructure built for the Sixteenth Bolivarian Sport Games held in Sucre in November. Bolivia lost its chance to organize the Odesur Games in 2003 due to a severe political crisis that led to the resignation of liberal President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, who had to flee the country for the United States. The Ninth Odesur Games will be held later this year in Medellín, Colombia.