“We believe it is the recognition of the hard work of our Federation and the football tradition of our country,” Bedoya said in a press release, sent to Colombian media around 6PM Colombian time. “We are very happy and hope to be hosting the best Youth World Championship ever,” he added.In Sydney, where the FIFA announces the locations of upcoming events it was 9 AM at that time and the ceremony to announce the locations hadn’t even started. Nevertheless, the news already was all over the Colombian media.Bedoya, himself in Sydney at the moment, immediately withdrew the announcement and told Colombian newspaper El Tiempo it wouldn’t be known until midnight (Colombian time) who would receive the honor of hosting the tournament. Venezuela and Colombia are the only running candidates.The director of Colfútbol said there are two press releases; one in case Colombia will host the world cup, one in case they don’t. He couldn’t explain why one of them was sent so prematurely.
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