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Copa América: Colombia will no longer co-host tournament, CONMEBOL rejects request for postponement

The event, delayed by a yr amid the Covid-19 pandemic, was on account of be collectively hosted for the primary time its 105-year historical past, with matches break up between Colombia and Argentina.

CONMEBOL’s assertion didn’t give a proof for the transfer and didn’t make reference to the continued civil unrest in Colombia.

Large-scale protests within the nation are actually into their third week.

At least 42 individuals have died within the protests, in accordance with Colombia’s Ombudsman Office. Rights teams say the dying toll could possibly be larger.

The event, which will characteristic 10 South American nations, was on account of kick off in Buenos Aires on June 13 and culminate with the ultimate within the Colombian metropolis of Barranquilla on July 11.

“CONMEBOL ensures the conclusion of the Copa América 2021 and will report within the coming days the relocation of the matches that had been to be performed in Colombia,” the group’s assertion mentioned.

The co-hosting format would have seen Colombia host a Northern Group that includes Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru and Venezuela, with Argentina internet hosting a Southern Group that includes Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

CONMEBOL introduced in the identical assertion that it had rejected an enchantment from the Colombian authorities to maneuver the event to the tip of the yr.

“For causes associated to the worldwide calendar of competitions and the logistics of the event, it’s not possible to switch the Copa América 2021 to the month of November,” the assertion added.

Thursday’s information additionally comes with Argentina getting ready to enter one other Covid-19 lockdown as instances surge within the nation.

Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez introduced in a video assertion on Thursday that faculties and non-essential enterprise, social, sporting and spiritual institutions will be closed till May 30.

On Thursday, Argentina reported 35,884 new Covid-19 instances and 435 new deaths, in accordance with the Argentine Health Ministry. The seven-day common of instances has reached 29,277, the very best for the reason that pandemic started.

CNNE’s Gerardo Lemos and Abel Alvarado in Atlanta and CNN’s Philip Wang in Atlanta contributed to reporting.

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