By Johnny Edward:
Real Madrid star James Rodriguez will not be selected in the Colombia squad for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the President of the Colombian Football Federation (FCF) Ramon Jesurun has confirmed.
Colombia are in the same group as Nigeria, Sweden and Japan at the Olympics.
Colombia coach Jose Pekerman included James in his preliminary 40-man squad for the Copa America Centenario in June.
And after participating in the United States, the Real Madrid midfielder will not be considered for selection as one of the three over-23 players permitted at Rio 2016, Jesurun said in a radio interview with BogotaNews.
"He [James] had a private chat with the members of the national team coaching staff and they took the decision that he will go to the Copa America," Jesurun said.
"It is understandable. It was very difficult to have him in the two competitions, it must be understood.
"James is a phenomenon, a fabulous player and an extraordinary person.
"Everything he has given us has been extraordinary, but he has many more years left to give joy to Colombian football."
James will lead Colombia when “Los Cafeteros” take on the USA in the opening game of Copa America on June 3 before group clashes with Paraguay and Costa Rica.