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Brazil: Interest in hosting women's World Cup

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil's sports minister says the country is interested in holding the women's World Cup, perhaps as early as 2019.

That would make for a crowded calendar because Brazil is also scheduled to hold the Copa America in 2019 - the men's continental championship.

Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo says he has made initial contact with FIFA President Sepp Blatter, though he acknowledges competition may be tough. Canada will hold the 2015 women's World Cup.

Brazil is preparing for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Both projects are struggling to stay on schedule. They also face public scrutiny because of the billions spent on sports events, particularly in a country with poor public services, high taxes and stark economic inequality.

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