The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said on Sunday that Argentina would no longer host the Copa America. This made the tournament in question a mere 13 days before the start of the tournament.
The competition, which has 10 countries in South America. It is scheduled to take place in Argentina and Colombia from June 13 to July 10 for the first time in its 105-year history as a co-host.
However, Colombia was removed from the co-hosting on May 20 after protests calling for social and economic change spread across the country. And Argentina has acted on what CONMEBOL said was the “current situation”.
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CONMEBOL did not disclose the nature of the circumstances that led to the decision. But Argentina is currently experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases.
“CONMEBOL is analyzing offers from other countries that have expressed interest in hosting the continental tournament,” it said in a short statement.
Officials from the organization will meet on Monday to decide next steps for the tournament, which has been held since 2020 due to the pandemic.
Sunday’s stunning decision was announced before 11 p.m. in Argentina over the weekend as anti-competitiveness grows both within and outside the government.
Argentina finds new cases of COVID-19 increased sharply in May As a result, the government issued a new strict lockdown order.
on thursday There was a record-breaking new patient in one day. And the overall death toll was 76,693 over the weekend. According to data from the World Health Organization
Even some players who have returned to South America to prepare for the tournament have expressed doubts, with Uruguay’s Luis Suarez telling reporters on Friday. “We have to focus on human health.”
CONMEBOL secretary-general Gonzalo Belloso said last week that the organization had been in talks with Chilean officials to arrange some matches there.
The organizers are reluctant to cancel the tournament due to its financial significance. The last Copa America, held in Brazil in 2019, grossed $118 million and was the second largest source of annual revenue after the Copa. Libertadores which is equivalent to the Champions League of Europe.
This year, each participating country will receive a minimum payout of $4 million, with the winner receiving an additional $10 million, CONMEBOL said.
CONMEBOL’s reputation has deteriorated in recent years. The organization was forced to move the second leg of the 2018 Copa Libertadores final to Madrid due to the violence of supporters in Buenos Aires.