Coinciding Schedules Causing Controversy For Chile's Football Association, Olympic Committee
The controversy between the Chilean Olympic Committee (COCH) and the Chilean National Football Association (ANFP) is continuing regarding "whether football activity will be interrupted during the South American (ODESUR) Games that will take place in Santiago in March," according to EMOL. The ANFP's position is "leaving no room for doubts." ANFP President Sergio Jadue: "Football will not stop during the ODESUR Games. We will have the intention of cooperating, and we have taken a series of measures. I am not going to allow any government meddling in football." When asked about the COCH's opinion that football would take away attention from the continental competition, Jadue said that "this was not football's problem." Jadue said, "The COCH has never approached us to discuss programming, ever. The only person that has talked to me was National Sports Institute Dir Gabriel Ruiz-Tagle, who told me of his concern regarding the overlap between the national football championship and the ODESUR Games, which would mean, among other things, less attention from the media" (EMOL, 7/17).