THE Copa America has been dealt a body blow after Argentina joined Colombia in pulling out of hosting the tournament.
In mid-May, Colombia, who were scheduled to host the final, pulled out as their country was overrun with political protests.
Following that decision, the idea was that Argentina would act as sole host or co-host with a new host nation.
However, the Argentines have now also been removed as hosts after a hard nine-day lockdown failed to address a spike in Covid cases.
Is the Copa America cancelled?
The Copa America has not yet been cancelled but Conmebol have stated that they need to find a new host nation for the tournament, which is scheduled to start on June 13.
A Conmebol statement said: “Conmebol informs that in view of the present circumstances it has decided to suspend the organization of the Copa America in Argentina.
“Conmebol is analysing the offer of other countries that showed interest in hosting the continental tournament.
“News in this regard will be announced shortly.”
Where could the Copa America be hosted now?
Many parts of the United States are already hosting mass events in front of full stadiums and could therefore be an obvious choice.
For example, Texas hosted Canelo Alvarez’s boxing win over Billy Joe Saunders in front of 73,000 people.
However, the tournament would clash with North America’s Concacaf Gold Cup, which would be the priority.
If a Copa America in the United States can not be arranged than it is likely Conmebol will look at South American countries with better epidemiological situations.
Ecuador and Venezuela are both believed to be interested in hosting the competition, while Paraguay is also an option.
Chile had been mooted as a co-host with Argentina and has vaccinated most of its adult population, but that hasn’t prevented cases moving above 8000-a-day – near an all-time high.