This news will inspire two-time World Cup winners Uruguay to make an all-out attempt to lift the trophy again.
The Catholic University of Uruguay (pictured), one of the largest in the country, has announced that academic activities would be suspended during the nation’s World Cup matches in Russia.
In his note to 10,000-odd students of the prestigious university in Montevideo, Vice-chancellor Álvaro Pacheco said they should not only critically view the reality surrounding them, but also be “immersed in it, vibrating and participating with society as a whole”, according to Latin American news outlet TyCSports.
“It is evident that sports in general, and especially soccer, is an element that defines us as Uruguayans, and that has the virtue of creating a common sense of unity that is rare in our days,” the note said.
Uruguay team left for Russia on Sunday. They will live and train near the city of Nizhny Novgorod during the tournament.
Their opening match is against Egypt in Ekaterinburg on June 15.
Students were thrilled by the announcement as they would be able to watch Luis Suarez and his teammates in action.
Like others, they believe Uruguay will top their group, which includes Russia, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, and enter the last 16.
They want their nation to advance into the finals as it brings glory to the country and also gives them a long study break.
But the vice-chancellor’s note also said the university will conduct make up classes for suspended class days.