The president of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), the regional branch of FIFA on the continent, announced on Monday that its Copa América soccer tournament would move from Argentina to Brazil over Chinese coronavirus concerns.
Organizers originally planned to hold the Copa América in 2020 but postponed the event due to the severity of the coronavirus crisis in the chosen host countries, Argentina and Colombia. Last week, CONMEBOL relieved Colombia of hosting duties due to ongoing leftist riots nationwide. Argentina appears to have quietly withdrawn from hosting duties given the announcement from CONMEBOL President Alejandro Domínguez on Monday.
The Copa América, like its analogs in other regions of the world, serves as a preview to the potential results of the FIFA World Cup, set to take place in Qatar in 2022, giving the national teams a chance to showcase their strengths and players typically competing for separate