86-Year-Old Miura Gives Up on Mount Aconcagua Summit

Sports

Tokyo, Jan. 21 (Jiji Press)--Japanese professional skier Yuichiro Miura, 86, has given up reaching the summit of Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, South America's highest peak, due to health concerns, Miura's office said Monday.

The mission to conquer the 6,962-meter mountain was called off on Sunday local time after a doctor accompanying Miura judged that the long hours he spent at a height of 6,000 meters had started to place a burden on him physically and physiologically.

Miura commented that he would follow the team doctor's judgment although he thought he could still go on.

According to his office, Miura is currently feeling well.

On Friday, Miura moved from the base camp to a height of 5,580 meters by helicopter and joined up with a support team, including his second son, Gota.

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