Brasil retira candidatura para organizar Mundial femenino en 2023 / Brazil withdraws bid to host 2023 Women’s World Cup

Brasil retiró su candidatura para organizar el Mundial de Fútbol femenino en 2023 por la falta de garantías para el desarrollo del evento en el país, debido a la crisis económica causada por la pandemia del coronavirus.

LONDRES, 8 jun (Reuters) – Brasil retiró su candidatura para albergar el Mundial femenino 2023 porque no puede cumplir con las garantías financieras que necesita la FIFA a causa de la pandemia de COVID-19, informó el lunes la federación de fútbol local (CBF).

La CBF dijo en un comunicado que el Gobierno Federal concluyó que “no sería aconsejable” comprometerse con las garantías solicitadas por la FIFA para albergar el torneo de 32 selecciones.

El retiro deja en competencia las candidaturas de Colombia, Australia-Nueva Zelanda y Japón.

La FIFA dará a conocer el 25 de junio a la candidatura ganadora.

Brazil withdraws bid to host 2023 Women’s World Cup

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil withdrew its bid to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup, arguing on Monday it cannot offer FIFA the financial assurances it needs because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Brazilian Football Confederation also said in a statement it will support Colombia’s bid against Japan and the joint candidacy of Australia and New Zealand. South America has never hosted the tournament. A decision is expected on June 25.

The confederation said the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro told FIFA it could not offer financial guarantees “due to the scenario of fiscal and economic austerity, caused by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The confederation “understands the position of caution of the Brazilian government, and of other public and private partners, which stopped them from formalizing the commitments within time or in the required form,” the statement added.

Brazil’s economy is expected to contract this year by at least 7.4%, investment bank Goldman Sachs predicts.

The country is the hardest hit by COVID-19 in Latin America, with more than 37,000 confirmed deaths.

Brazil’s soccer body also said the high number of big sporting events in the last decade could also harm the chances of its bid to host the Women’s World Cup.

By MAURICIO SAVARESE / AP