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Sports News of Monday, 22 June 2020


Japan set to withdraw bid to host 2023 Women's World Cup

Japan is withdrawing its bid to host the 2023 Women's World Cup, Kyodo News Agency reported on Monday quoting sources.

The Japanese bid is one of three, along with Colombia and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand, being considered by FIFA who are expected to announce the winning proposal on Thursday.

Recall that football giants and favourites Brazil on Tuesday, 9 June 2020, announced that it has stepped down from the race to host the women's tourney.

According to the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), economic concerns related to the Covid-19 crisis were a primary factor in the bid being withdrawn.

“In view of the exceptional times experienced by the country and the world, CBF understands the cautious position of the Brazilian government, and of other public and private partners, which prevented them from formalising the commitments within the time or in the required manner,” the CBF said.

At the time of this report, Japan has recorded at least 17,864 cases of COVID-19 while Brazil has a total of 1,086,990, according to Worldometers.

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