Colombian Air Force Rescues Deportivo Pasto Stranded in Peru

Deportivo Pasto Returns to Colombian Territory on Humanitarian Flight

Deportivo Pasto, who had been stranded in Peru for several days due to the crisis it is experiencing, was brought back to Colombian territory on a “humanitarian flight” on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. An Air Force plane took off from Arequipa to bring back the team of the volcanic team and a total of 31 people including players, coaching staff, and other staff.

The Lima and Arequipa airports had suspended operations as a preventive measure against social mobilizations and the government was asked to help the members of the team so they could return soon to Colombian soil.

The volcanic team reported that their squad had not been able to return to Colombia to play two friendly matches with FBC Melgar and Binacional FC due to the social order demonstrations occurring in Peru.

The crisis in Peru began on December 7. Demonstrations against the new Executive of Dina Boluarte have left more than 60 people dead since last December, 45 of them in clashes with the forces of order.

Given the situation in Peru, Deportivo Pasto announced on Wednesday that the game in which they were supposed to visit Alianza Petrolera for the second day of the Apertura Tournament, scheduled for that weekend, was postponed. As a result, the team will debut in the championship on Saturday, February 4 against América de Cali.

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