Brazil will host Copa America for the second consecutive time after Colombia and Argentina had been stripped of internet hosting rights for the match.
South American soccer physique CONMEBOL introduced the choice on Monday hours after it had dominated out Argentina amid a rise in COVID-19 instances within the nation. Colombia had been eliminated as a co-host for the competitors on Could 20 following demonstrations towards President Ivn Duque there.
CONMEBOL mentioned on Twitter that the match is confirmed to happen between June 13 and July 10. Brazil are the defending champions, after successful the competitors in 2019 as hosts.
“The host cities and the fixtures shall be confirmed by CONMEBOL inside hours. The oldest worldwide match on the planet will make the entire continent cheer!”, the South American physique mentioned.
“CONMEBOL thanks President Jair Bolsonaro and his workforce, and likewise the Brazilian soccer confederation for opening the doorways of this nation for the most secure sporting occasion on the planet immediately. South America will shine in Brazil with all its stars.”
Greater than 460,000 folks have died of COVID-19 in Brazil, with many analysts anticipating one other wave of the illness to hit the nation by late June.
Argentina is dealing with 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 folks have died within the nation because of 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 based mostly in every of the co-hosts, Colombia and Argentina.
Group A options Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay whereas Group B contains Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. The 4 greatest groups in every group had been to advance to the knockout stage, and the ultimate was initially set to be performed in Colombia’s Barranquilla. It will have been the primary Copa America hosted by two international locations.
Qatar, the 2022 World Cup hosts, and Australia, which had been to participate as friends, determined in February to withdraw because of the coronavirus pandemic.