Brazil will host the Copa America for the second time in a row after Colombia and Argentina were stripped of their rights to organize the tournament.
South American football organization CONMEBOL announced the decision on Monday hours after ruling out Argentina amid an increase in COVID-19 cases in the country. Colombia was removed from his position as co-organizer of the competition on May 20 following protests against President Ivn Duque there.
CONMEBOL said on Twitter that the tournament will run from June 13 to July 10. Brazil are the reigning champions, having won the competition in 2019 as host.
“The host cities and the matches will be confirmed by CONMEBOL in a few hours. The oldest international tournament in the world will make the whole continent applaud!”, Declared the South American body.
“CONMEBOL thanks President Jair Bolsonaro and his team, as well as the Brazilian Football Confederation for opening the doors to this country for the safest sporting event in the world today. South America will shine in Brazil with all its stars. “
More than 460,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Brazil, with many analysts expecting another wave of the disease to hit the country by the end of June.
Argentina is facing a wave of coronavirus infections, with strict lockdown measures imposed last weekend on a seven-day average of 35,000 cases and 500 deaths. More than 77,000 people have died in the country from the disease, as the virus continues to spread.
South American teams are already training for the tournament and two World Cup qualifying rounds begin this week.
Like other continental tournaments, the Copa America was originally scheduled for 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic has forced its postponement.
The 2020 version of the Copa America was expected to introduce a new format with five teams based in each of the co-hosts, Colombia and Argentina.
Group A includes Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay while Group B includes Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. The top four teams from each group were to advance to the round of 16, and the final was initially scheduled to be played in Barranquilla, Colombia. It would have been the first Copa America organized by two countries.
Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup, and Australia, who were due to participate as guests, decided in February to withdraw due to the coronavirus pandemic.