CONMEBOL (Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol, the governing body of soccer in South America) confirmed that Colombia will no longer act as a co-host of the Copa América 2021.
The nation was scheduled to co-host the competition along with Argentina, including the final on July 10 to be played at the Estadio Metropolitano in Barranquilla.
Colombia is currently in its fourth week of violent anti-government protests and growing security concerns, coupled with rising concerns about the spread of COVID-19, have forced CONMEBOL to act after a last Colombian effort failed. to postpone the Cup until November. .
The Colombian cities of Cali, Medellín and the capital Bogotá were shortlisted to host matches, including those in the knockout phase, while Barranquilla was originally scheduled to host the final. The Colombian government requested that the tournament be rescheduled for November or December.
But the governing body rejected that request in a statement issued, and the reallocation of the games that were to be held in Colombia will be announced.
DECLARATION OF THE CONMEBOL
“With regard to the formal request of the Colombian government to reschedule the CONMEBOL Copa América for November, CONMEBOL may reveal the following,” the governing body explained in a statement published in its official website.
“For reasons related to the calendar of international competitions and the logistics of the tournament, it will be impossible to move the Copa América 2021 to November.
“CONMEBOL appreciates the enthusiasm and commitment shown by the President of the Republic of Colombia, Iván Duque and his collaborators, as well as by the President of the Colombian Soccer Federation, Ramón Jesurún, and his team. We are sure that in the future new projects will emerge together for the growth of Colombian and South American soccer.
“CONMEBOL can ensure the CONMEBOL Copa América 2021 game and will reveal in the coming days the relocation of the matches that were to be played in Colombia.”
Since 1983 this is the first time that the Copa América has been held in two nations, Argentina and Colombia. The tournament was originally scheduled to run from June 12 to July 12, 2020 as the Copa América 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament had been postponed for a year, along with UEFA Euro 2020 of 2020 to 2021.
Alos, the UK local public service broadcaster, the BBC has decided to broadcast the entire America’s Cup tournament in the summer.
The first match will be played between Argentina and Chile on June 13 at the Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires. The ten national teams of CONMEBOL will participate in the competition and are divided into two geographical zones for the group stage.