Bolivian football president, Cesar Salinas dies of COVID-19

President of the Bolivian Football Federation, Cesar Salinas reported dead
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Emeh Joy

The president of the Bolivian Football Federation, Cesar Salinas reportedly died on Sunday after being hospitalized with COVID-19 earlier this month.

The federation confirmed his death in a statement which further highlighted his "dedication and commitment to national and international football".

Salinas died at age 58 and had led the FBF since 2018. He was a director of The Strongest in La Paz, a century-old Bolivian soccer institution.

Salinas's wife, who is head of the same club, also tested positive for COVID-19.

The interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Anez, wrote on Twitter, "My condolences to the family and friends of Cesar Salinas, president of the Bolivian Football Federation. They have all my support in these hard times".

The South American Football Confederation said, "Conmebol and the South American Football Confederation said, "Conmebol and the South American soccer family deeply regret the death".

Salinas, after the virus lockdown had recently met with authorities to plan on how to restart football in Bolivia. Bolivia has about 11 million inhabitants and has recorded 58,136 cases and 2,106 deaths.

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