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Copa America: Colombia No Longer Co-Hosts, Match Not To Be Postponed

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Copa America: Colombia No Longer Co-Hosts, Tournament Not To Be Postponed

Copa America video games that have been to be performed in Colombia will as an alternative be moved to Argentina.© AFP




South American soccer’s governing physique CONMEBOL on Thursday rejected a request by Colombia to postpone the Copa America 2021 event it’s co-hosting with Argentina. The video games that have been to be performed in Colombia within the June 13-July 10 occasion will as an alternative be moved to Argentina, CONMEBOL mentioned, stating that it was “unimaginable” to maneuver the occasion to November as authorities in Bogota requested. The federation assertion cited “causes referring to the worldwide calendar and logistics of the event.”

Colombia is within the midst of a wave of avenue protests and social unrest that has resulted in 42 deaths. Covid-19 circumstances have additionally shot up within the final weeks.

Giant and generally violent anti-government demos have been going down in Bogota, Medellin and Cali — cities the place Copa America video games have been set to be performed.

On Might 13 a Copa Libertadores South American membership event recreation in Barranquilla was suspended 5 occasions as clouds of tear gasoline used to interrupt up demos outdoors the stadium wafted in and affected the gamers.

In Argentina, President Alberto Fernandez mentioned earlier that his nation can be prepared to completely host the video games if Colombia backs out.

However Argentina is coping with the worst section but of the Covid-19 pandemic — and late Thursday Fernandez introduced that Argentina will go into whole lockdown for 9 days to manage the unfold of the virus.

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The Copa America event, just like the European Championship, was as a result of happen final 12 months however was postponed by 12 months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Two visitor nations, Australia and Qatar, pulled out of the event in February as a result of a conflict with World Cup qualifying dates.

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