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Argentina axed as Copa America host just two weeks before the opening game amid rise in Covid-19 infections

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Argentina axed as Copa America host just two weeks before the opening game amid rise in Covid-19 infections

Argentina has been axed as Copa America host just 13 days before the tournament’s first game following a rise in Covid-19 infection rate.

 

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The tournament, featuring 10 South American nations, had been due to be held in Argentina and Colombia between June 13 and July 10, the first time in its 105-year history with joint hosts.

 

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However, Colombia was removed as co-host on May 20 after a wave of protests demanding social and economic change spread across the country and Argentina has now followed due to what CONMEBOL said was the ‘present circumstances’.

 

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CONMEBOL did not disclose the nature of the circumstances that led to the decision but Argentina is currently experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases.

 

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‘CONMEBOL is analysing offers from other countries that have shown interest in hosting the continental tournament,’ it said in a short statement. ‘Updates will be announced soon.’

 

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Officials from the organisation will meet on Monday to decide on the next steps for the tournament, which was held over from 2020 due to the pandemic.

 

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Argentina saw COVID-19 cases grow quickly in May and prompted the government to mandate a strict new lockdown.

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