Copa America 2021: CONMEBOL removes Colombia as co-host for next month’s Copa America

Copa America 2021: CONMEBOL on Thursday announced that Colombia will not co-host Copa America which is scheduled next month.
Copa America 2021: CONMEBOL on Thursday announced that Colombia will not co-host Copa America which is scheduled next month. (Twitter)
Copa America 2021: South American football body CONMEBOL on Thursday announced that Colombia will not co-host Copa America which is scheduled next month. It would have been the first Copa America hosted by two countries, however, the decision was made amid a wave of street protests against Colombian President Ivan Duque.
Hours earlier Colombian authorities asked CONMEBOL to postpone the tournament, which is also being held in Argentina. Sports Minister Ernesto Lucena, according to the Associated Press report, said it should take place in the end of the year because of the pandemic. Copa America is scheduled to be played between June 13 and July 10. 
Copa America 2021: CONMEBOL removes Colombia as co-host for next month’s Copa America
 

CONMEBOL said in a statement it was impossible to postpone the tournament to November and assured it will inform “on the next days about the relocation of the matches which should be played in Colombia.”

Cope America 2021: Argentina creates strict bio-bubble
 
The Argentina national team has created a strict protocol to minimise the risk of Covid-19 during the competitions. The national team complex in Ezeiza will become a fortress to host superstar Lionel Messi and his teammates from May 26 to the end of the tournament, which will be played between June 13-July 10.

Because all players are to sleep in single rooms, 17 trailers were rented to serve as accommodation for coach Lionel Scaloni and his staff.

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The Argentine soccer federation (AFA) also installed giant tents that will serve as a fitness center, restaurant, COVID test center and entertainment. The idea is to preserve social distancing in closed spaces. Each player will have to change in their own rooms.

Argentina will also play two World Cup qualifying matches before the continental tournament. It will host Chile on June 3 and visit Colombia five days later. Colombia is scheduled to co-host Copa America, but street protests against President Iván Duque have cast doubts over the organization.

As players arrive, they will be isolated until their COVID-19 tests come back negative. That will be repeated for at least three days, and there will be no visits from people outside the bubble.

Copa America 2021: CONMEBOL removes Colombia as co-host for next month’s Copa America

(Note: With inputs from Associated Press)

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