This summer’s Copa America will now be held in Brazil after the original hosts withdraw amid growing cases of COVID-19.
Argentina were stripped of the 2021 competition due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the country, which put the tournament into question with just 13 days to go.
Argentina were originally scheduled to co-host the Copa America with Colombia, but were removed from their tournament host role on May 20 following a wave of protests demanding social and economic change in the country.
But the Confederation of South American Football (CONMEBOL) has announced that a host has been found with more details to be released in the coming hours.
Their tweet read: “The CONMEBOL @America Cup 2021 will be played in Brazil! Tournament start and end dates are confirmed. The places and the meeting point will be informed by CONMEBOL in the coming hours. The oldest national team tournament in the world will delight the whole continent! “
The Copa America, which includes ten South American nations fighting to become champions, was scheduled to start on June 13 and end on July 10.
It was the first time in the tournament’s 105-year history that it was to have joint hosts, but those plans had to be torn up.
CONMEBOL explained that Argentina had been undressed as host due to “ current circumstances ”, with the country currently experiencing an increase in coronavirus cases which triggered a lockdown earlier this month.
“CONMEBOL is analyzing offers from other countries that have expressed interest in hosting the continental tournament,” read a brief statement from the governing body.
“Updates will be announced soon.”
While public pressure saw plans change days before the tournament started, there was also opposition from players.
A large number of stars have already returned to South America in preparation for the campaign, but Uruguayan striker, LaLiga title-winner Luis Suarez was among those who spoke of the Copa America being held in Argentina at the time. of their COVID-19 lockdown, saying on Friday: “We must put the health of human beings first.”
Brazil are defending champions, having won the tournament in 2019 and will now defend their crown at home.
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