Latin America

Copa America in Brazil sparks flurry of outrage

Critics claim the tournament would pose a massive health hazard to the country

Copa America in Brazil sparks flurry of outrage
President Jair Bolsonaro holds the Copa America trophy next to Conmebol President Alejandro Domínguez. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

In March 2019, South American football confederation Conmebol announced that the 2021 edition of the Copa America — the continent’s leading principal international football tournament — would be jointly hosted by Colombia and Argentina. While critical of the decision, pundits were curious to see how the competition would unfold, being held at two opposite ends of the continent.

Two years on and less than two weeks before the tournament is scheduled to kick off, the prospect of a Colombia-Argentina Copa America lies in tatters, with both nations abdicating from their hosting duties amid coronavirus fears and social unrest...

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