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Argentina forced to forfeit basketball game after wearing the wrong jerseys

Argentina's women's basketball team had to forfeit its match against Colombia at the Pan American Games on Wednesday for wearing the wrong uniform colour and can no longer advance to the medal rounds.

Team given 15 minutes to secure correct colours, but didn't get them in time

Argentina's Ornella Santana reacts to her team's loss to the U.S. at the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru. (Susana Vera/Reuters)

Argentina's women's basketball team had to forfeit its match against Colombia at the Pan American Games on Wednesday for wearing the wrong uniform colour and can no longer advance to the medal rounds.

The Argentines were supposed to wear white jerseys as the away team but came onto the court in Lima in blue, the same color as Colombia. They had 15 minutes to correct the mistake but couldn't get the right shirts in time, leading to Colombia being awarded a walkover 20-0 victory.

The embarrassing blunder prompted the resignation of women's basketball development director Karina Rodriguez and Argentina team leader Hernan Amaya.

"It's one of the saddest moments of my career," Araya said. "I take full responsibility for what happened."

Argentina will remain in the competition's group stage and faces the Virgin Islands on Thursday.

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