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Copa America in Argentina suspended over coronavirus surge


Asuncion (AFP) – Argentina’s hosting of the Copa America football tournament has been suspended “in view of the current circumstances,” CONMEBOL said on Sunday, as the country endures a record coronavirus surge.

The South American football body, which last week stripped Colombia of co-hosting duties over deadly unrest, said it was considering other offers to hold the tournament.

“CONMEBOL informs that in view of the current circumstances it has decided to suspend the organization of the Copa America in Argentina,” the governing body tweeted.

“CONMEBOL is evaluating the offer of other countries that showed interest in hosting the continental tournament.”

An Argentine poll published on Friday found that most respondents were against holding the tournament as the country experiences its worst phase of the pandemic so far.

Less than two weeks before the Copa America’s scheduled start, Argentina is under a nine-day lockdown and experiencing record daily infections.

Argentina had presented its “strict protocol” to CONMEBOL to host the tournament in its entirety, which involved preparing additional stadiums.

The Copa America was originally due to take place last year, but was postponed for 12 months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

On May 20 CONMEBOL rejected a plea by Colombia to further delay the June 13-July 10 tournament following a wave of protests and social unrest, coupled with an upsurge in Covid-19 cases.

It left Argentina as the sole host, but a survey conducted by pollsters Poliarquia among a representative sample of 1,274 city-dwelling adults, found that 70 percent believe the country should withdraw.

Only 20 percent believed the championship should continue on Argentine soil, and 10 percent were undecided.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Yespage

    June 1, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Wha?

    They moved it from a country that is seeing a surge (currently 31,000 cases a day (7-day average)) and moving it to a country that has plateau’d at twice that? A country whose leadership has failed the nation in its response to Covid? That is just, I wish I could say I was surprised.

  2. Eric T

    May 31, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    Brazil seems like a terrible choice considering the COVID situation there.

  3. KL

    May 31, 2021 at 11:29 am

    Official statement from CONMEBOL:
    “Brazil will host CONMEBOL
    @America Cup
    2021! The best soccer in the world will bring joy and passion to millions of South Americans. CONMEBOL thanks the President
    @jairbolsonaro
    and his team, as well as the Brazilian Football Confederation
    @CBF_Futebol”

  4. KL

    May 31, 2021 at 11:00 am

    CBS Sports is reporting it’s been moved to Brazil

  5. Christopher

    May 31, 2021 at 9:35 am

    I suspect they will see what other options are available in South America before they decide to put it in the US. There is more to it than just a simple more than enough infrastructure argument to have it in the US. I would imagine the traveling to the US would be insane given all the COVID protocols. I would also imagine that it might be a good idea to have these teams play at the same stadium in the US in order to eliminate the possibility of infection. I don’t know. I don’t think it is just a simple thing that can be done in order to have the Copa America in the US.

    At this point, the South American federation in a pickle over this tournament.

  6. Brendan

    May 31, 2021 at 8:31 am

    The only option they have .

  7. KL

    May 31, 2021 at 7:51 am

    The more I think of the possibility of them moving the Copa America to the US, the more I feel like it may be the most logical option. The US already has full capacity at many stadiums. Most soccer fans in the US root for teams from Latin America. It was already supposed to be a television spectacle for South America anyway. The US has the infrastructure to pull off starting the tournament in 13 days (Although that probably wouldn’t happen. They would have to delay the start by a week or two). CONMEBOL should’ve put it in the US as soon as they realized there would be no fans in Argentina/Columbia. The US have already hosted a Copa America. MAKE IT HAPPEN!

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