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Fifa strips Peru of U17 World Cup

Fifa has stripped Peru of the hosting rights for the U17 World Cup due to concerns about infrastructure.

The country was due to host the tournament in October, but Fifa said different inspection visits had revealed “a number of organisational and infrastructure challenges linked to the event delivery”. Peru secured the rights to the tournament last June.

The decision was taken by the bureau of the Fifa Council, which consists of Fifa president Gianni Infantino and the six regional confederations.

A Fifa statement said that the organisation was: “currently evaluating different alternatives concerning the appointment of a new host country”.

The news will come as a blow to Peru’s strategy to build its reputation on the global stage by hosting sporting events.

The country’s hosting of the IOC Session in September 2017 was undermined by floods and the IOC’s decision to award the 2024 and 2028 Olympics in advance of the session.

Lima’s preparations to host this year’s Pan American Games were initially beset by construction delays although the city claims it has made up some lost ground in recent months.

Pan Am Sports president Neven Ilic said he was happy with Lima’s progress during a visit in January before warning the city of potential challenges concerning operations, logistics and the traffic.

Read this: Pan people | Will IOC dual award deprive Lima of its moment to shine?

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