Hard hit for the Cup: Malta Altus Challenge withdraws from the competition

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Hard hit for the Cup: Malta Altus Challenge withdraws from the competition Image of a stage of the America's Cup sailing. EFE / Archive

 Sports editorial, .- The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, champion of the title and organizer of the 36th edition of the Copa América to be held in Auckland (New Zealand) in the spring of 2021, reported today that he has received the communication Official of the Royal Malta Yacht Club to withdraw the challenge Malta Altus Challenge of the competition.

“It’s disappointing news,” said Grant Dalton, general manager of Emirates Team New Zealand, defending the title.
“The Malta Altus Challenge had a solid base with a highly experienced and reputable team in the Copa America linked to the team, so the fact that they retire is not only a shame for the event, but also for those who have worked so hard to get this challenge to the starting line, “added Dalton.

“We want the Prada Cup, a challenging tournament from which the team that will face Team New Zealand in the final, will include as many teams as possible,” commented Laurent Esquier, Executive Director of the Italian Luna Rossa, Challenger of Record ( first challenging).

“We have done everything possible to support the Malta Altus Challenge, but have not been able to meet all the conditions needed to continue as a challenge for the Copa America, but we are still guaranteed to have an exciting and highly competitive Prada Cup to select the rival that will face the Emirates Team New Zealand in the fine “, has remarked Esquier.

The last two challengers entered: the American Star & Stripes and Dutch Dutch will confirm their final commitment to the 36th America’s Cup on July 1.

Both will join the Italian Luna Rossa, the American American Magic and the Ineos Team of Great Britain. (EFE)

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