Brazil named new Copa America host after Argentina was pulled just 13 days before tournament start date



“The Copa América CONMEBOL 2021 will be played in Brazil!” he said on Twitter.

“The tournament start and end dates have been confirmed. Venues and fixtures will be announced by CONMEBOL in the next few hours. The oldest national team tournament in the world will shake a whole continent!”

The decision to remove Argentina as host came just 13 days before the tournament started.

The 2020 edition of the tournament has been postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic and was due to be held in Argentina and Colombia between June 13 and July 10, the first time in the history of the tournament it was to be held. be organized jointly.

Colombia was stripped of its responsibilities as co-organizer on May 20 following widespread protests across the country that were sparked by a controversial tax reform introduced by President Iván Duque.

“CONMEBOL informs that in view of the current circumstances, it has decided to suspend the organization of the Copa América in Argentina,” tweeted the confederation. “CONMEBOL is analyzing the offer from other countries which have expressed an interest in hosting the continental tournament.”

CONMEBOL did not say why the tournament was canceled, but Argentina is currently suffering from an increase in coronavirus cases, with a seven-day average of more than 30,000 new cases daily, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University.

The current death toll stands at over 77,000 – with Argentines now locked up for the second time during this pandemic.

Along with the usual 10 South American nations, this year’s tournament was also due to feature Qatar and Australia as guests, but both countries withdrew in February due to timing issues caused by the pandemic.

Now with less than two weeks left to host an international tournament, Chile, Ecuador and the United States have been presented as possible places to step in and host the Copa América.

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