Copa America 2021: Brazil Supreme Court dismisses rejection plea; confirms Copa America will go ahead

Copa America in Brazil up to 140 virus cases
Copa America in Brazil up to 140 virus cases

Copa America 2021: Brazil’s Supreme Court has given green light to stage The Copa America, which is slated to get underway on Sunday in the country.

Brazil has witnessed alarming COVID-19 figures, with more than 475,000 deaths attributed to the pandemic. According to BBC, the judges held an emergency meeting on Thursday to take the requests of stopping the tournament from happening amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Brazilian judges stated that the country’s constitution did not give the court the power to block the tournament.

Various judges ordered the state governors and city mayors to take “appropriate health protocols” needed to stage the tournament, reported BBC.

Justice Carmen Lucia said in her decision that it does not exempt authorities from adopting public health safety measures needed to prevent transmission of the virus that has killed almost half a million Brazilians.

Argentina and Colombia were originally due to co-host the 2021 Copa America, but the latter was then removed on May 20 amid widespread political protests and Argentina withdrew due to a surge in covid-19 cases.

Earlier this week, the Brazil football team criticised CONMEBOL, South America’s main football governing body for their handling of the Copa America that will be hosted in Brazil.
Although players’ didn’t mention Brazil’s current situation in their text but they reluctantly accepted the hosting responsibilities that have been thrust upon them by CONMEBOL.

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has played down the severity of the coronavirus and fought against lockdowns, threw his support behind the move.

But public health experts and footballers questioned the wisdom of hosting the tournament with a pandemic raging. The injunction requests were presented by opposition parties and the national metalworking industry labor union.