“The CONMEBOL 2021 Copa América will likely be performed in Brazil!” it stated on Twitter.
“The start and finish dates of the tournament are confirmed. The venues and fixtures will likely be introduced by CONMEBOL within the coming hours. The oldest nationwide workforce tournament on this planet will make an entire continent shake!”
The choice to take away Argentina as hosts got here just 13 days earlier than the tournament was as a result of start.
The 2020 version of the tournament was postponed by a 12 months because of the coronavirus pandemic and was set to be held in each Argentina and Colombia between June 13 and July 10, the primary time in tournament historical past it was to be collectively hosted.
“CONMEBOL informs that in view of the current circumstances, it has determined to droop the group of the Copa América in Argentina,” the confederation tweeted. “CONMEBOL analyzes the provide of different nations that confirmed curiosity in internet hosting the continental tournament.”
CONMEBOL didn’t specify why the tournament had been removed, however Argentina is at present affected by an increase in coronavirus circumstances, with a seven-day common of greater than 30,000 new each day circumstances, based on information from Johns Hopkins University.
The present demise toll stands at greater than 77,000 — with Argentines now locked down for the second time throughout this pandemic.
Alongside the same old 10 South American nations, this 12 months’s tournament was additionally set to function Qatar and Australia as invitees, however each nations pulled out in (*13*) as a result of scheduling points introduced on by the pandemic.
Now with lower than two weeks to arrange a world tournament, Chile, Ecuador and the US have been touted as attainable areas to step in and host the Copa América.