December 8, 2021

Argentina ready to host Copa America, President says

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Despite the doubts due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic, Argentina President Alberto Fernandez has confirmed that the country is ready to co-host the Copa America 2021 in four venues across the country. The tournament is due to kick off on June 13 in the wake of the ongoing surge in coronavirus infection and the delicate political turmoil in co-host Colombia. Follow us for more football betting tips.

“We were consulted and said yes. With all due care. This would be a Copa America for television, that must be said. Under those terms we would be willing to honor our commitment,” Fernandez said in a statement. “The rest depends on how everything evolves and what Colombia is also going to do.” At the time of writing, Argentina already passed 3.3 million infections with a total of 70,552 deaths.

The already-delayed tournament faced fresh threats of being postponed once again following the COVID-19 situation in Argentina and the civil unrest in Colombia. In the original format, the 10 nations are equally divided into Group A and Group B, also known as the North and South zones. Group A will be playing their group stage matches in Argentina with Group B playing theirs in Colombia.

According to reports, a final decision is expected to be taken this week when South American football’s governing body CONMEBOL’s Council meets, with the presidents of all 10 member federations present. “We agreed with CONMEBOL to hold the Copa America and we are going to do it with the applicable restrictions,” the Argentinian President added, referring to the South American football governing body.

Earlier, Colombian President Ivan Duque insists that the Copa America 2021 will go ahead in Colombia as planned amid the criticisms against his administration. “The Copa will happen… in the two countries. I think it will be an important message at this time,” the Colombian leader said. “It would be absurd if the Copa America doesn’t go ahead when a European Championship is being held.”

Meanwhile, the South American football’s governing body chief Alejandro Domínguez ruled out the rumors and assured that change of any venue for the 47th edition of the tournament is not in the cards. Last week, CONMEBOL started vaccinating footballers with the 50,000 vaccine doses donated by Chinese state pharmaceutical company Sinovac. 

The opening match between Argentina and Chile in the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires will be played at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires between Argentina and Chile on June 13. The final is scheduled for July 10 at the Barranquilla Metropolitan Stadium in Colombia. The CONMEBOL’s Copa America is the equivalent of Europe’s European Championships that was delayed last year as well. 

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