A high altitude idea from China
Bolivia’s 6-1 thrashing of Argentina in a World Cup qualifier provided a flash of inspiration for one Chinese sports columnist.
The Bolivians, ranked 56th in the world, would probably not argue that playing the match at 3,600 metres above sea level had helped them in their humiliation of the Argentines, world number six in FIFA’s rankings and one of the most attractive sides around.
Yu Peng suggested that China should immediately build a new stadium in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, and play all their home international matches there.
At 50 metres higher than La Paz, that could only improve the fortunes of the 100th-ranked Chinese, who are already out of the running for a place in South Africa next year.