Copa America is with out a host nation solely two weeks earlier than kickoff after South American soccer physique CONMEBOL dominated out Argentina amid a rise in COVID-19 circumstances within the nation.
The announcement on Sunday evening casts doubt on a event which has confronted main hurdles because the begin of the pandemic in March of final yr.
CONMEBOL mentioned on Twitter — and it was later confirmed by an official — that it was analysing “the provide of different nations who confirmed curiosity in internet hosting the continental event,” with out naming them.
It additionally mentioned a brand new host shall be introduced “quickly.”
Copa America is scheduled to be performed between June 13 and July 10. South American groups are already coaching for the event and two rounds of World Cup qualifiers are beginning this week.
Like different continental tournaments, Copa America was initially scheduled for 2020, however the COVID-19 pandemic pressured its postponement. However difficulties mounted because the virus continued to strike the area exhausting and vaccine rollout remained gradual.
Argentina is going through a surge of coronavirus infections, with strict lockdown measures imposed final weekend amid a seven-day common of 35,000 circumstances and 500 deaths. Greater than 77,000 folks have died within the nation as a result of illness, because the virus continues to unfold.
Colombia was dropped as a event co-host on Might 20 amid a wave of protests towards President Iván Duque. Argentinian President Alberto Fernández mentioned final week that his nation was able to host your entire event after the choice to take away Colombia. However on Sunday that scenario modified.
“It is vitally exhausting that Copa America is performed in Argentina as a result of epidemiologic alert scenario,” mentioned Wado de Pedro, the nation’s inside minister, in an interview to TV C5N.
The unique concept of this Copa America was to start out a brand new format with 5 groups primarily based in every of the host nations. Group A options Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay; Group B consists of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. The 4 finest groups in every group would advance to the knockout stage, and the ultimate was initially set to performed in Colombia’s Barranquilla.
It might have been the primary Copa America hosted by two nations. Qatar, the 2022 World Cup hosts, and Australia, each scheduled to play as visitors, determined in February to withdraw additionally as a result of coronavirus pandemic.