Copa America suspended in Argentina because of the Coronavirus crisis – What’s Next?

Daniel Alves best player of Copa America 2019-after Brazil vs Peru final
Daniel Alves best player of Copa America 2019-after Brazil vs Peru final | Photo Credit: IMAGO

The Copa America has already been delayed for a year because of the Coronavirus pandemic, and now it seems that the South American tournament is in hot waters again. 

It seems that CONMEBOL will be looking for a new venue for the tournament because of the rising Coronavirus cases in Argentina, and it will be interesting to see which country is chosen as the venue for this summer’s showpiece event. 

The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) announced earlier today, and the tournament scheduled to start between June 13 and July 10 will have to be moved out of Argentina due to the current circumstances relating to the pandemic. 

Their official statement read: “CONMEBOL informs that in view of the present circumstances, it has decided to suspend the organization of the Copa América in Argentina. CONMEBOL analyzes the offer of other countries that showed interest in hosting the continental tournament.”

Earlier, Colombia were removed as the co-hosts of the tournament because of the civil unrests. There have been nationwide protests, and Argentina were chosen as the sole host because of that. 

We are just two weeks away from the start of the competition; it remains to be seen whether CONMEBOL can find a suitable country to host the competition. Chile and the USA have been rumoured as potential hosts in the recent past. 

Brazil are the current holders of Copa America, and they will be hoping to defend their crown if the competition goes ahead as planned. 

Copa America suspended – What’s Next?

As South American countries are all struggling with Coronavirus, it will be daunting task for CONMEBOL to secure a host, just two weeks before the schedule start.

Some analysts are citing Chile as the country better suited to host the tournament if the hosts were to be chosen from South America. Hope, Copa America will not be cancelled altogether, and find a new host soon.