The brazilian olympic soccer team, who will defend the gold won in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, postponed his trip to the Japanese capitala after the Japanese government declared a state of emergency due to the pandemic and modified all its programming.
The team that has veteran defender Dani Alves and attacker Richarlison as stars He was scheduled to travel to Tokyo this Friday but the Brazilian Soccer Confederation (CBF) canceled the trip and opted to include a training stage in Serbia before moving to Japan.
The governing body of soccer clarified that the worsening of the pandemic situation in Japan and the publication of the decree that declares a state of emergency they forced to change the programming of the Olympic team.
“The CBF was communicated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and by the Organizing Committee of the Tokyo Games that It would be impossible to carry out the training series that the Brazilian team planned between July 11 and 17 in Tokyo, when he will be able to start using the official competition venues “, according to a statement from the entity.
The new programming foresees that Brazil he will continue training in Sao Paulo until next Sunday night, when he will travel to Belgrade (Serbia), where it will continue its preparation until July 16, when it will finally travel to Tokyo.
Brazil chose to stay in Serbia for five days to to facilitate its adaptation to the Japanese time zone and to take advantage of the structure that it had already used in June, when he played in that European country two friendly matches preparatory to the Olympic Games, against Serbia and Cape Verde.
Brazil you will stay in Novi Sad, a neighboring city to Belgrade, where he will train at the Karadorde stadium, owned by the Vojvodina club.
The new programming foresees a preparatory friendly with a rival yet to be defined on July 15, one day before the trip to Tokyo.
Some of the players who perform for European clubs and have not been released, such as Bruno Guimaraes and Gabriel Martinelli, will be presented to the national team directly in Serbia, where Richarlison and Douglas Luiz will also arrive, who are concentrated with the senior team that will play the final of the Copa América on Saturday against Argentina at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.
Brazil will debut in Tokyo on July 22 in Yokohama against Germany, precisely the rival they beat in the final of Rio de Janeiro 2016. Paired in Group D, then they will face Ivory Coast on July 25 in Yokohama and Saudi Arabia on July 28 in Saitama.
In Japan, Brazil will try to reissue the gold medal it won at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, the first achieved by the country’s soccer laureate.