Is Copa America 2021 moving to United States?
Copa America 2021 was initially scheduled to be held in Argentina and Colombia. However, the latter was stripped of its hosting rights due to political unrest. Now, it seems like to avoid Argentina's COVID crisis, it could be moved to the USA.
The entire football fraternity is looking forward to the 2021 Copa America, set to be held between June 11 to July 10. Although Argentine and Colombia were scheduled to co-host, the latter was stripped of its hosting rights due to political unrest.
It is unclear if the tournament would have a new co-host, while Argentina has proposed that it is ready to host the competition all on its own. Still, Argentina might have to delay the tournament just by a few days to complete its vaccination drive in the country amidst the current COVID lockdown measures.
However, if the latest reports are believed, even Argentina could not host the tournament. At the same time, it could be entirely moved out to the new location, possibly being the United States of America.
According to a BluRadio Colombia report, talks have been held between the USA and the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL). Although the US would be hosting the Gold Cup during that time, it is being proposed to play the Copa America matches in cities not hosting the Gold Cup.
“In the last 72 hours the phone was shaken. The crisis that has generated public order in Colombia and the pandemic in Argentina is making it look, some approaches have already been made, the Copa América outside the South American Football Confederation: the United States. They are trying to establish a circuit of cities where there is no Gold Cup to hold the Copa América with the public. It is an alternative within the desperation to meet the sponsors,” said Blog Deportivo director Javier Hernández Bonnet.
It would not be the first time that the tournament would be held in the USA. In 2016, the Centenario edition of the same was conducted in the country, with Child being the winner, while the USA remains the only non-CONMEBOL nation to date to host the competition.
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