Brazil to host Copa America after Argentina is stripped

Brazil will host Copa America for the second consecutive time after Colombia and Argentina have been stripped of internet hosting rights for the match.

South American soccer physique CONMEBOL introduced the choice on Monday hours after it dominated out Argentina amid a rise in COVID-19 instances within the nation. Colombia was eliminated as co-host on Could 20 as avenue protests towards President Ivan Duque rocked the nation.

CONMEBOL mentioned on Twitter that the match is confirmed to happen between June 13 and July 10. Brazil is the defending champion, successful the competitors in 2019 as hosts.

“The host cities and the fixtures might be confirmed by CONMEBOL inside hours. The oldest worldwide match on the earth will make the entire continent cheer!” the South American physique mentioned.

“CONMEBOL thanks President Jair Bolsonaro and his group, and in addition the Brazilian soccer confederation for opening the doorways of this nation for the most secure sporting occasion on the earth as we speak. South America will shine in Brazil with all its stars,” the soccer physique mentioned.

Greater than 460,000 individuals have died of COVID-19 in Brazil, with many analysts anticipating one other wave of the illness to hit the nation by late June. Many hospitals have greater than 80% of their intensive-care unit occupied by victims of the virus.

Bolsonaro has challenged social distancing restrictions and referred to as for a return to regular life regardless of a gradual vaccine rollout. His dealing with of the pandemic response is below investigation by a Brazilian senate inquiry.

Argentina is going through a surge of coronavirus infections, with strict lockdown measures imposed final weekend amid a seven-day common of 35,000 instances and 500 deaths. Greater than 77,000 individuals have died within the nation due to the illness, because the virus continues to unfold.

South American groups are already coaching for the match and two rounds of World Cup qualifiers are beginning this week.

Like different continental tournaments, Copa America was initially scheduled for 2020, however the COVID-19 pandemic compelled its postponement.

The 2020 model of Copa America was to introduce a brand new format with 5 groups primarily based in every of the co-hosts, Colombia and Argentina. Group A options Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay whereas Group B consists of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. The 4 greatest groups in every group have been to advance to the knockout stage, and the ultimate was initially set to be performed in Colombia’s Barranquilla.

It might have been the primary Copa America hosted by two international locations.

Qatar, the 2022 World Cup hosts, and Australia, which have been to participate as visitors, determined in February to withdraw due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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