ASUNCION, March 23 (Xinhua) — The South American Soccer Confederation (CONMEBOL) mentioned Tuesday it’s working with officers in Argentina and Colombia to safe sufficient COVID-19 vaccines to permit followers at this yr’s Copa America.
Initially scheduled for 2020, the forty seventh version of the Copa America – to be performed in Argentina and Colombia – was postponed by a yr due to the pandemic.
The event will start on June 13 with a conflict between Argentina and Chile on the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires. Paraguay and Bolivia will meet later the identical day on the Malvinas Argentinas stadium in Mendoza.
Nevertheless plans to play the matches in entrance of spectators stay unsure amid continued excessive an infection charges and sluggish vaccination campaigns.
“We’re days away from beginning our subsequent version of the Copa America in a brand new format and with two international locations which have great soccer followers who’re wanting to host us,” CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez mentioned through the Paraguay-based entity’s annual congress.
“We’re working along with each governments to have the ability to get as many vaccines as doable in order that most of the people have the chance to be on the stadiums to cheer on their heroes. “
This yr will mark the primary time the world’s oldest worldwide soccer event is staged in two international locations.
Australia and Qatar introduced their resolution to drag out of the competitors final month due to a conflict with rescheduled 2022 Asian World Cup qualifiers.
Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay make up the southern group whereas reigning champions Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru have been positioned within the northern part. The ultimate can be performed in Colombia’s Caribbean port metropolis of Barranquilla on July 10.