The upcoming Copa America is not going to be performed in Argentina due to a surge in COVID-19 instances, CONMEBOL introduced late Sunday night time, placing all the event in peril of not transferring ahead.
Beforehand, Colombia was dominated incapable of internet hosting the competitors amid political unrest.
With the event simply a few weeks away, reported last-ditch choices embody Chile or even the U.S., as CONMEBOL confirmed a number of nations have provided themselves as potential hosts.
What has been stated?
“CONMEBOL is analyzing presents from different international locations which have proven curiosity in internet hosting the continental event,” the group stated in a assertion. “Updates might be introduced quickly.”
What’s the COVID scenario in Argentina?
As of the CONMEBOL announcement, Argentina had the fifth-worst COVID outbreak per capita on the planet with 76 day by day instances per 100,000 folks, or greater than 34,000 day by day instances in whole.
Circumstances within the nation have risen at a 54 % fee over the previous 14 days.
The nation is in strict lockdown with most non-essential journey and actions, together with soccer, banned, though its contributors within the Libertadores and Sudamericana had been allowed (or obliged) to play out their house video games this week as a result of CONMEBOL’s insistence.
Surrounding international locations are additionally struggling to include the unfold of COVID, with close by Uruguay even worse off on a per capita foundation by way of recorded day by day instances.
Why could not Colombia host?
Colombia was speculated to co-host with Argentina however that plan was scrapped amid civil upheaval that introduced protests in opposition to President Ivan Duque, in addition to violence to the streets.
The primary match is scheduled for June 13, leaving little time for officers to craft a backup plan with out suspending the event. They are going to convene within the coming days to find out whether or not the Copa America will be performed in any respect, and if that’s the case, the place it would occur.