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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: How to combat India heat? Here’s Chile’s bizarre urine test

The Chile team doctor said that the week in yoga centre was to adjust to the Kolkata weather ahead of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

fifa u17 world cup 2017 Updated: Oct 06, 2017 10:15 IST
Dhiman Sarkar
Chile’s football team visited Mother House in Kolkata as they gear up for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Chile’s football team visited Mother House in Kolkata as they gear up for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.(Chile U-17 Team)

Exactly how serious a business this FIFA U-17 World Cup is for the Chile team can be gauged from the steps they are taking to deal with the heat and humidity here.

Urine density tests twice daily and monitoring players’ weights have been incorporated into the daily schedule, said Chile team doctor Cesar Kalazich.

The players’ urine is tested before and after training and weight taken twice daily, he said on Thursday. The players’ weights are taken once after they wake up and again after training, he said.

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The temperature in Kolkata on Thursday evening when they finished training was around 28 degrees Celsius, a good 15 degrees warmer than it is in Santiago now. Making matters more difficult is the high humidity. “We can get hot weather in Chile but the humidity is low,” he said.

Chile’s FIFA U-17 World Cup players have been told to increase their fluid intake to ensure they stay hydrated all the time, he said.

And this is what they are doing here. Preparations for the FIFA U-17 World Cup started before they flew out last week.

“Usually it takes between 10-14 days to adjust to such difference in climate but we didn’t have so much time before the World Cup began,” he said.

So the team spent a week at a yoga centre in Santiago where the conditions they would get in Kolkata were simulated, said the doctor.

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“We know they didn’t adjust completely but at the same time, it wasn’t that much of a shock,” he said.

Four training sessions into the competition, the doctor said the players are now staying suitably hydrated after working out. Because they don’t have the instructor here, yoga is restricted to some ‘asanas’ that focus on relaxation, said Kalazich.

And much as they like Indian food, given that their first match against England is here on Sunday, the team isn’t experimenting. “We are sticking to what we eat back home,” he said.

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Go Chile, go

As these boys get ready for their biggest test in football, the Chile senior team will take on Ecuador in a crucial World Cup qualifier at home. The kick-off being at 5:30 am Indian time means they would probably not watch it live but defender Yerco Oyanedel said he would want Chile to press from the start.

But should England do that against them, the defender, having mentioned Jadon Sancho deserves special attention, said Chile would be ready to give back as good as they get.