On Monday, CONMEBOL – South America’s Soccer Federation, came out with a statement saying that Copa America would be moved to Brazil, instead of Argentina due to the increase of Covid-19 cases.
Although this was an unexpected decision, the oldest international tournament in the world will still start off as it was planned on the 13th of June, whereas the final will take place on the 10th of July.
”The 2021 Copa America will be played in Brazil! The start and finish dates are confirmed. The host cities and the matches will be revealed by CONMEBOL in the coming hours.” said CONMEBOL.
Apart from this, CONMEBOL also tweeted to thank Brazil’s president for his help with the tournament. ”CONMEBOL thanks president @jairbolsonaro and his team, as well as the Brazilian Football Confederation for opening the country’s doors to what is now the safest sporting event in the world.” they tweeted.
Over 450,000 deaths have been reported in Brazil due to Covid-19, with a current rank as the first country in the continent, and the second worldwide for daily cases and deaths.
However, on Saturday, there were protests in Brazil against president Bolsonaro. One of the senators, Omar Aziz supported Bolsonaro saying that there are no big issues with Brazil being the host of Copa America as long as the pandemic restrictions are followed by the crowds.
Just previously, Argentina came out with a statement explaining how Copa America can no longer be held there since there was an increase of cases.
On May 20, Colombia was cancelled as the co-host for the tournament after socio-economic changes in the country. Following this, CONMEBOL had their hopes on Argentina being the host of the tournament or dividing the games with its South American neighbors.
There is no definite decision made yet when it comes to the venues, however many stadiums that were made for the 2014 World Cup will most likely host the games, with the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro along with Mane Garrincha stadium in Brasilia.