The Copa America because of kick off in June in Argentina and Colombia was on Tuesday postponed by a 12 months to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, organisers CONMEBOL mentioned.
The announcement got here shortly after UEFA’s related choice to additionally push again Euro 2020 by 12 months.
The Copa is South America’s primary continental competitors between nationwide sides and had been scheduled to run between June 12-July 12.
The competitors was being staged for the primary time in two international locations moderately than one.
The finals that includes 12 groups, for this version, included invitees Australia and Qatar.
“It’s an extraordinary measure due to an unexpected situation, and therefore responds to the fundamental need to avoid an exponential evolution of the virus,” mentioned CONMEBOL.
The match is now rescheduled to run from June 11-July 11 2021.
The choice was taken at the side of UEFA’s choice to postpone Euro 2020 to 2021.
“We also thank UEFA and its president Aleksander Ceferin for working together and the co-ordinated decision to also postpone the 2020 Euros for the betterment of the whole football family,” added CONMEBOL.
The South American governing physique had determined to align the Copa, which principally was performed in odd years, to the Euros with a purpose to scale back the influence on European golf equipment, the place numerous South American worldwide gamers ply their commerce.
Club soccer everywhere in the world has been suspended as a result of coronavirus leaving groups and leagues sweating on whether or not they’ll have the ability to end the present season.
Many governments have imposed journey restrictions, bans on sports activities occasions and even complete lockdowns on their populations’ actions.
According to the newest figures greater than 180,000 folks worldwide have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak with 7,400 folks dying from the COVID-19 illness.
The suspension of the Copa and Euros will increase the probabilities of home leagues being dropped at a conclusion, so long as such social limitations are lifted within the coming weeks or months.