Silvio Velo to climb highest mountain in the Americas

Blind footballer to climb Aconcagua Mountain in his native Argentina 06 Feb 2018
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Silvio Velo led Argentina to their first major title since 2005

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By Paradeportes

Paralympic star Silvio Velo will face a new challenge outside the blind football field as he decided to join a team of 12 Argentinian, Italian and Spanish athletes and celebrities who will climb the Aconcagua Mountain, the highest point in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres.

The Aconcagua is located in Mendoza, Argentina, and is 6,960.8m high.

They will begin to climb the mountain on 16 February. This initiative is part of the Summit Aconcagua programme, created by Argentinian entrepreneur Matias Gutierrez Moyano, seeking to promote sports and a healthy lifestyle.

“It will be a big challenge for me but it is a good opportunity to send a message that everything is possible if you have the will,” Velo said.

“It will be incredible to reach the peak. That is my goal now, I always look beyond. There will be obstacles on the way but I am focused on overcoming them, as always.”

The ‘Blind Maradona’ is still fresh from leading the Argentinian team to its first international title since 2005 at the American Championships in Santiago, Chile, last December. He is now also training hard to win his third world title in Madrid, Spain, next June.

Full story is available on Paradeportes’ website.

More information is also available on Summit Aconcagua’s website.