Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) have announced that they are no longer willing to pursue their bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup stating that they could not offer financial guarantees due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Brazil announced their withdrawal on Monday leaving Australia and New Zealand [joint candidacy] Colombia and Japan in a three-horse race to host the 32-team Women’s global showpiece in 2023.
“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,” reads the CBF statement.
A decision is expected on June 25, the winning bid will be decided by an online meeting of the FIFA council.
According to the Associated Press (AP), Brazil is the hardest hit by COVID-19 in Latin America, with more than 37,000 confirmed deaths.
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