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Copa America shrouded with uncertainty amid pandemic surge

Copa America has already lost one of its two hosting nations to protests. It could lose the other to a new Covid-19 surge

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Illustration: André Chiavassa/TBR

Life in Colombia has been disrupted for a month amid a continuing wave of protests. While initially opposing a tax reform proposal, the protests broadened their scope to focus on poverty and inequality. Ensuing roadblocks and nationwide strikes have led to supply shortages in many regions. As a consequence, the country will no longer host Copa America, South America’s international football tournament.

The 2021 edition was set to be co-hosted by Colombia and Argentina, but on May 20 Conmebol — the region’s football governing body — opted to host matches exclusively in the latter. Now, two weeks from kick-off,...

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