Published on : 31/05/2021 – 16:50
The 2021 Copa América, which was to take place in Colombia and Argentina, will finally be held in Brazil from June 13 to July 10, South American Football Confederation Conmebol announced on Monday.
«The 2021 Conmebol Copa América will be played in Brazil. Tournament start and end dates are confirmed“, Said the South American authority on its Twitter account.
This announcement comes a few hours after Argentina’s decision to abandon the organization of the tournament due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Colombia threw in the towel ten days ago because of social unrest that left dozens of people dead.
La Conmebol should announce in the coming hours the places and dates of the various matches in Brazil, which hosted the last edition of the tournament in 2019.
«Argentina had a commitment and we did everything to keep it but the epidemiological situation prevented us from doing so.Argentina’s head of government Santiago Cafiero said on Monday.
This country of 44 million people has recorded nearly 3.8 million reported cases of coronavirus and more than 77,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
In recent weeks, the number of new contaminations has fluctuated between 20,000 and 40,000.
«We worked with the Conmebol authorities on the different possibilities and scenarios. But it was all still subject to something beyond the organization of the tournament which is linked to the increase in cases, with the way the second wave of infections continues to hit.Argentina, explained Mr. Cafiero.
Brazil has for its part recorded more than 460,000 deaths from Covid-19, and epidemiologists fear a third wave of contamination.
This country of 212 million inhabitants, the second most bereaved in the world behind the United States, also has more than 16 million confirmed cases of contamination.
The Copa América is the most important international competition organized by the Conmebol.