Japan will pull out of its bid to host the Fifa Women’s World Cup in 2023, according to reports from the country’s Kyodo News agency. Citing a source close to the bid, Kyodo said Japan would withdraw its bid, while the Japanese Football Association called a press conference for Monday evening. Fifa’s decision on the 2023 host will be made on Thursday, with the joint bid between Australia and New Zealand expected to win. Colombia also bid for the right to host the tournament but they were given the lowest ranking by Fifa’s evaluation of the bids. The South American bid scored 2.8 out of a maximum score of five. Japan scored 3.9 and the joint bid scored 4.1. Both Colombia and Conmebol complained to Fifa, with the game’s governing body responding in a four-page letter. Fifa secretary general Fatma Samoura replied that “all steps were taken to conduct the evaluation in a highly objective manner,” in a letter seen by Reuters. Japan held the men’s Fifa World Cup in a joint bid with South Korea in 2002 and are set to host the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games next summer. The 2023 event will feature 32 teams for the first time.