The South American football association Conmebol has assigned the organisation of the Copa América to Brazil. The football tournament was originally to be played in Colombia and Argentina, but both countries were disregarded.
According to Conmebol, the continental championship, in which ten countries are participating, can now be completed from 13 June to 10 July.
Colombia fell first earlier this month because of the political turmoil in the country. On Sunday, the Conmebol also decided to delete Argentina “because of the current circumstances”. Strict lockdown measures were again introduced in the country last weekend following a revival of the coronavirus.
Remarkably, the situation in Brazil is not much better. Covid-19 has already killed more than 460,000 Brazilians and is feared for a new wave. President Jair Bolsonaro is himself an opponent of stringent corona measures and is criticized internationally.
Conmebol is nevertheless happy with the new organizer. “We thank President Bolsonaro, his team and the Brazilian Football Association for opening the doors to the safest sporting event in the world,” said the Football Federation. “South America will shine with all its stars in Brazil.”