South America’s largest soccer match, the Copa America, was moved Monday to Brazil after a Covid-19 surge in Argentina and social unrest in Colombia noticed the co-hosts stripped of the fitting to host the occasion.
With two weeks to kickoff, South America’s CONMEBOL soccer federation tweeted that “The CONMEBOL Copa America 2021 will be played in Brazil!” and the June 13-July 10 dates have been maintained.
CONMEBOL is predicted to announce the venues and dates of matches within the coming hours.
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Brazil hosted the final Copa America, in 2019.
Originally scheduled for final 12 months, the Copa was postponed by 12 months because of the coronavirus epidemic.
New host Brazil is likely one of the international locations on the earth worst affected by the outbreak, with the second-highest demise toll of over 460,000 to date and greater than 16.5 million instances.
It was to have been the primary time in its historical past that the match can be co-hosted by two international locations, Argentina and Colombia.
But ten days in the past, CONMEBOL stripped Colombia of its duties amid road protests that have been met with a heavy-handed police response that drew worldwide condemnation. More than a month into the unrest, dozens of individuals have died.
On Sunday, CONMEBOL additionally stripped Argentina of internet hosting rights within the context of a report coronavirus surge, with greater than 77,000 deaths within the pandemic so far and practically 3.8 million infections.