Argentina has been formally requested to host the complete of this yr’s Copa America and is engaged on the chance of fixing Colombia as co-host, a excessive Argentine authorities official said on Wednesday.
The occasion was because of be held in every nations between June 13 and July 10 nevertheless the South American Soccer Confederation (CONMEBOL) closing week eradicated Colombia as co-host because of ongoing civil unrest there.
“There may be a suggestion to carry the entire (event) in Argentina, however first we have now to resolve the half we’ve already dedicated to,” Santiago Cafiero, the cabinet chief in Argentina’s authorities, instructed Radio La Purple.
“The talk and the duty that we have now now’s to debate the venues,” he added. “We don’t have something in direction of it from a nicely being viewpoint nevertheless we do should take all precautions. That’s what we’re engaged on.”
CONMEBOL officers visited two stadiums this week, at Estudiantes de La Plata and Velez Sarsfield, to gauge their readiness, a provide instructed Reuters.
The switch comes no matter a surge in COVID-19 cases in Argentina over the previous two weeks.
The demise toll in Argentina is 74,480, in accordance to the World Well being Group, and the nation has been beneath a strict lockdown since Saturday, with all sport, spiritual and social gatherings banned and non-essential firms closed.
Neighbouring Uruguay will be experiencing a surge whereas Brazil has seen 450,000 deaths from the virus, better than any nation apart from the USA.
CONMEBOL stays to be determined, nonetheless, that the Copa America, the oldest worldwide occasion on the planet, ought to occur.
13 video video games have been because of be held in Argentina, along with the opening match between Argentina and Chile on the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires. One other 15 had been deliberate for Colombia.
(Reporting by Ramiro Scandolo in Buenos Aires; writing by Andrew Downie in London, enhancing by Ed Osmond)