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Japan withdrawing 2023 Women's World Cup bid: Kyodo

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Published on June 22, 2020 - Duration: 01:31s

Japan withdrawing 2023 Women's World Cup bid: Kyodo

Japan is withdrawing its bid to host the 2023 Women's World Cup according to media reports.

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Japan withdrawing 2023 Women's World Cup bid: Kyodo

VIDEO SHOWS: EXTERIORS OF JAPANESE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION (JFA) HEADQUARTERS, FILE FOOTAGE OF TOKYO'S NATIONAL STADIUM, SAPPORO DOME AND KOBE'S MISAKI STADIUM, SOME OF THE VENUES IN JAPAN'S BID TO HOST THE 2023 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP BID / FILE FOOTAGE OF JAPAN WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM TRAINING SHOWS: TOKYO, JAPAN (FILE - MAY 21, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

EXTERIOR OF JAPANESE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION HEADQUARTERS 2.

VARIOUS OF JFA LOGO 3.

JAPAN SHIRT IN SHOWCASE WITH THE WORD "DREAM" ALONGSIDE TOKYO, JAPAN (FILE - DECEMBER 15, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 4.

VARIOUS OF OLYMPIC RINGS OUTSIDE NATIONAL STADIUM, SET TO HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE VENUES IN JAPAN 2023 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP BID 5.

VARIOUS INTERIORS OF NATIONAL STADIUM SAPPORO, JAPAN (FILE - APRIL 10, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 6.

VARIOUS OF SAPPORO DOME, SET TO HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE VENUES IN JAPAN 2023 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP BID KOBE, JAPAN (FILE - APRIL 2, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 6.

VARIOUS OF KOBE MISAKI STADIUM, SET TO HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE VENUES IN JAPAN 2023 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP BID VANCOUVER, CANADA (FILE - JULY 4, 2015) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 7.

VARIOUS OF JAPAN WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM TRAINING STORY: Japan is withdrawing its bid to host the 2023 Women's World Cup, Kyodo news agency quoted a source as saying on Monday (June 22), just days before football's world governing body holds a vote to determine the successful candidate.

The Japanese bid is one of three, along with Colombia and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand.

Earlier this month, FIFA rated the joint Australia/New Zealand bid as the best to host the tournament, with Japan in second place.

The Japanese Football Association (JFA) was not immediately able to comment.

Australia's FA said it was aware of the report but would not comment on another nation's bid.

Japan has never staged the Women's World Cup but co-hosted the men's event in 2002 with neighbours South Korea.

The Japanese women's team won the World Cup in 2011, shocking favourites the United States in the final.

The 2019 tournament in France broke records in terms of television audiences and was seen as the most high-profile edition so far.

(Production: Jack Tarrant)

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