The 2021 Copa America has been moved to Brazil from Argentina and Colombia.© Copa America / Twitter
South America’s biggest football tournament, the Copa America, was moved to Brazil on Monday after the rise of Covid-19 in Argentina and the Colombian social unrest deprived the hosts of their right to host the event. Starting two weeks ago, the South American football federation CONMEBOL will play “CONMEBOL Copa America 2021 in Brazil!” and the dates from June 13 to July 10 were maintained. CONMEBOL is expected to announce the venues and dates of the matches in the coming hours.
Brazil held its last America’s Cup in 2019.
Initially scheduled for last year, the Cup was delayed by 12 months due to the coronavirus epidemic.
The new host Brazil is one of the countries in the world most affected by the outbreak, with the second highest number of deaths to date and more than 16.5 million cases.
It would be the first time in history that the tournament was organized jointly by two countries, Argentina and Colombia.
But ten days ago, CONMEBOL received a harsh police response from street protests that led to an international condemnation of its removal from Colombia. More than a month after the unrest began, dozens of people were killed.
On Sunday, CONMEBOL also stripped Argentina of its right to accommodation in the context of a record rise in coronavirus, which has so far killed more than 77,000 people in the Pandemic and nearly 3.8 million infections.
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