Chilean María Fernanda Valdés with More Experience to Lima 2019

Chilean weightlifter María Fernanda Valdés assures that the experience accumulated in its previous Pan-American games will guide her in search of a gold medal in Lima 2019.

Winner of two silver medals in Guadalajara 2011 and Toronto 2015, María Fernanda is one of the surest medal winners to increase the number of medals for the Chilean delegation in the Pan-American Games of Lima whose to start next July 26th.

In statements to the press she assured that 'this far in my career I have matured enough in comparison with what I was before and now ponder things more but I don't overlook the real sense of sports that is to compete.'

'I will enjoy the Pan-American Games, and although I will seek a medal, the important thing is to have a good time, to enjoy the competition and keep all the experiences', said the athlete after a concentration in Colombia, she says to feel 'hundred percent bodily.'

María Fernanda remembered that in Guadalajara she was surprised at the result because she didn’t think even of winning a medal, while in Toronto she was going through a bad psychological moment and she was in a slump to the point of considering retirement if she didn't reach a good result.

Now the story is different, because the Fernanda of the previous Pan-American Games was immature, says the 28 year-old athlete, competing in the under 75 kg in her record sheet appear attendances to the Olympic Games of London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016.

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Brazil Crowned After Defeating Peru in Copa America Final

The match was highly anticipated as the Brazilian national team had strolled through the first stages scoring 13 goals and finally only receiving one against by Peru in the final.

Brazil won in home soil after 12 years of not lifting the Copa America trophy by beating Peru 3-1 in the final on Sunday at the legendary Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

The match was highly anticipated as the Brazilian national team had strolled through the first stages scoring 13 goals and finally only receiving one against by Peru in the final. While Peru, who had a rocky start, showed a high level of playing in the later stages to reach the final hoping to spoil Brazil.

Yet since the group stage, Brazil positioned themselves s the clear favorite, as they won two games against Bolivia and Peru and drew with Venezuela. The quarterfinals had them face Paraguay, defeating them in a penalty shoot-out.

The semifinal was a South American classic against their football rivals Argentina. The controversial game had the Brazilians winning a ticket to the final.

The final game began with a strong Peru defense as the Brazilian team had few spaces in the first quarter of an hour of the match. However, at minute 15, with a precision pass from Gabriel Jesus, the striker Everton marked the first goal of the game.

Peru’s top player Paolo Guerrero leveled the match with a penalty in the 44-minute as the first half was finishing. Nevertheless,  due to an error by the Peruvian side, Gabriel Jesus scored the second goal in additional time prior to half-time.

The second-half saw a charging Peruvian side that came very close to leveling the game, especially when the man of the match, Gabriel Jesus was sent off. Yet it wasn’t enough and in the final minutes of the game, as desperation set in, the Peruvian defense conceded a penalty, which Richarlison's clinched to secure the game.

This way the XLVI edition of the oldest international continental football competition has come to an end. The competition was not spared of controversy, as internationally renowned Lionel Messi accused the South American Confederation of Football (Conmebol) of corruption and using the video assistant referee (VAR) system of favor the host nation.

According to conservative Brazilian magazine Veja, far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, who presented the trophy and medals to the players, was booed at the end of the match by the public attending.

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Peru Eclipsed Chile in Copa America

In times of eclipse, many today make the simile by pointing out that Peru came between Chile and its hopes to reach the third championship in a row in Copa America 2019.

In fact the victory of Peruvians was unexpected, the more so with a 3-0 score that silenced the several Chilean fans who traveled to the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre and the many who in Santiago de Chile had bought their vuvcelas to blow them at Plaza Italia.

It was a weird match, in which Peru seize all the opportunities while Chile despite a strong offensive throughout the entire game could not score once.

As there is always someone to blame, analyzing the game on Thursday, fans took it on goalkeeper Gabriel Arias, who made a serious mistake that allowed the second goal of Peru.

Arias came out of the area recklessly trying to cut off the advance of a rival, but the play ended with a cross for Yoshimar Yotún, who shot on an empty goal line.

However, Colombian coach Reinaldo Rueda had already defended the goalkeeper when he declared to the press that 'Gabriel has been great, he had a very good competition and came out champion with Racing having a great performance. We cannot just go to extremes. We cannot crucify him. '

Instead, he said “that the entire team had not worked today” and explained that “maybe we wanted to play the final match before playing this game. We entered the field thinking about Sunday. Avoiding a yellow card, a foul, thinking about the final '.

Some commentators went further and said that La Roja requires a renewal with young blood, because the stars of the so-called golden generation are already in another dimension, playing in great world clubs, and meeting eventually for the Copa America is not enough.

On his behalf, from Brazil, Arturo Vidal summarized the defeat with “I'm sad. They fulfilled the two chances they had and made the difference. The goalkeeper had great interventions. We kept fighting, but in the semifinals we cannot make mistakes like that. We gave them an advantage. I congratulate Peru for entering the final.”

After losing the hope of a third championship, he reluctantly spoke about the game on Saturday against Argentina for the third place: 'It will be a match of little importance. It's only a formality.”

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Luis Suarez misses as Peru knock out Uruguay on penalties

Peru have knocked 15-time winners Uruguay out of the 2019 Copa America with a penalty shootout victory following a goalless quarter-final in Salvador.

La Blanquirroja lost 5-0 to Brazil in their final group match but still progressed through to the last eight as one of the best third-placed finishers.

Suarez picked out the roof of the net with a difficult headed chance and then played a big part in the only real chance of the first half.

The Barcelona striker wriggled away from a couple of men, tested Pedro Gallese down low and the loose ball fell perfectly for Edinson Cavani, who blazed it over the bar from five yards.

Uruguay enjoyed the better of things in the opening 45 minutes but could not find a way through, with Giorgian de Arrascaeta having a goal ruled out half an hour in because of an offside infringement against Nahitan Nandez.

Peru's best moments before half time came whenever Paolo Guerrero was on the ball, but some brilliant defending from Jose Gimenez denied the veteran striker a clean shot at goal 45 minutes in.

Gallese dealt with Federico Valverde's long-range free kick early in the second period and Diego Godin failed to find the target from seven yards as another big chance came and went for Uruguay.

Oscar Tabarez's frustration was clear to see on the hour mark when Cavani curled the ball around Gallese, only for his celebrations to be cut short by the offside flag.

The third disallowed goal came a little over 10 minutes later as Suarez ghosted in front of his man and prodded Martin Caceres's cross into the net, but he was marginally offside.

That was as good as things got La Celeste as they were forced all the way to penalties.

Suarez missed the very first spot kick and Peru went on to convert all five of theirs to set up a semi-final with Chile, also penalty-shootout victors against Colombia, in Porto Alegre on Thursday.

URUGUAY (4-4-2): Muslera; Gonzalez, Gimenez, Godin, Caceres; Nandez (Torreira 57'), Bentancur, Valverde (Stuani 97'), De Arrascaeta; Suarez, Cavani

PERU (4-2-3-1): Gallese; Advincula, Abram, Zambrano, Trauco; Yotun, Tapia; Carrillo (Gonzales 75'), Cueva (Ruidiaz 85'), Flores; Guerrero

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Former Peruvian president Alan Garcia SHOOTS HIMSELF moments after arrest

Former Peruvian president Alan Garcia has reportedly shot himself in the head as police arrived at his home to arrest him. The ex-president was rushed to hospital, and is reportedly unconscious.

The former leader entered his bedroom after noticing police officers at his door, La Republica reported. After shooting himself in the head, Garcia was taken to a hospital trauma unit and is reportedly in a coma. America Noticias reports the former leader suffered two cardiac arrests during surgery, and is in a "very critical, very serious" condition, according to the country's health minister.

Garcia, who served two terms as president of Peru, is under investigation for bribery. Garcia is one of more than 230 people across Latin America investigated in a corruption case centered on Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht.

Another corrupt ex Latin American president propped up by Washington as leader of 'regional democracy', shoots himself in the neck while being detained on corruption charges. I present, Alan Garcia of Peru:

The former leader sought asylum in Uruguay last November, after a judge barred him from leaving Peru for 18 months. The asylum request was denied, and a judge in Lima ordered his detention on Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Garcia took bribes from Odebrecht in exchange for a lucrative public transport contract in Lima. Garcia denies the charge, and claims he is being politically persecuted.

Peru’s last five ex-presidents have all served jail time or are under investigation for corruption. Garcia’s successor Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is also being investigated for his alleged involvement in the Odebrecht scandal. Prosecutors are currently seeking to extend Kuczynski’s detention until he can be brought to trial.

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Peruvian Government Opposes Military Intervention in Venezuela

The Peruvian Government is against any military intervention in Venezuela, Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio said before the International Relations Committee of the Congress of the Republic.

However, the foreign minister insisted on the government's polemic policy of taking political actions along with the so-called Lima Group, which seeks to overthrow the government of Nicolas Maduro, and repeated his attacks on the Venezuelan president. When opposing an armed intervention in Venezuela, Popolizio made no reference to official statements by the United States, according to which an aggression against that country is not ruled out to impose the self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaido, in office. The Lima Group shares with Washington and its allies the goal of overthrowing the Bolivarian government.

In his report, the head of Peruvian diplomacy also referred to Venezuelan immigration, promoted by former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, and called for peaceful coexistence with migrants, to prevent violent xenophobic acts and to benefit from their skills.

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Peru: 20 Dead as Bus Goes Up in Flames in Lima

A fire on a bus in Peru’s capital city of Lima claimed 20 lives. The bus did not have the necessary safety equipment.

At least 20 people were killed and eight injured when the double-decker bus they were traveling on caught fire in the Peruvian capital of Lima Sunday, a spokesman for the country's firefighters said.

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Witnesses said the fire started in the bus engine at the rear of the vehicle and quickly spread to its interior, according to spokesman Lewis Mejia, in broadcast comments on local TV channel Canal N.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, he added.

The fire started at the Fiori terminal in Lima’s northern San Martin de Porres district.

Lima's Mayor Jorge Muñoz said the bus burst into flames at a bus stop that authorities had banned just weeks ago because it was located next to an illegal shop that sells fuel.

"It appears that on the second floor of bus, where most of the victims were found, they were transporting fuel. That's a very serious matter," Muñoz told journalists in broadcast comments before visiting survivors at a local hospital.

Eight units of firefighters were deployed to put out the fire on the bus, which had been headed to the northern coastal city of Chiclayo, according to local media.

TV images showed the scorched remains of the vehicle surrounded by crowds of people in the district of San Martin de Porres on the outskirts of the capital.


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