In record time and after a hypothetical emergency meeting of the board of directors, CONMEBOL on Monday announced the new headquarters for Copa America. It will take place in Brazil, the same country that hosted the tournament in 2019.
“The CONMEBOL Copa América 2021 will be played in Brazil! The tournament start and end dates have been confirmed. The venues and match will be notified by CONMEBOL in the next few hours. The oldest national team tournament in the world will completely rock the continent!”, This tweet that made the news official.
After the loss of Colombia – from the social conflicts shaking the country – and the desertion of Argentina – making confronting the second wave of the epidemic a priority – CONMEBOL found itself Sunday night ahead of the dilemma of the search for new. Host.
There was talk of the United States, which in 2016 organized the Centennial, due to its advanced vaccination plan and the ease with which the public could attend the Games. Chile and Paraguay were also considered as alternatives. But finally the Copa America will be held in Brazil, which contains all the infrastructure left over from the 2014 World Cup and was used during the final edition of the continental tournament.
However, the health situation in Brazil is not much better than that of Argentina. In recent days, there have been an average of 60,000 positive Covid cases per day with an average of 1,800 deaths per day in the past week. However, the curve is declining after peaking in mid-April.
With more than 210 million people, in the country ruled by Jair Bolsonaro, more than 67 million doses have been administered, and about 22 million people have completed the two phases of vaccination.