Copa America can go ahead in Brazil, court rules

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The Copa America, which is set to begin on Sunday, can go ahead in Brazil, according to the country’s Supreme Court.

On Thursday, judges convened in an emergency session to consider requests to halt the competition due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It was argued that hosting the tournament would put thousands of people’s lives in danger.

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL – JUNE 17: President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro speaks during the sworn in ceremony for newly appointed Minister of Communications Fábio Faria amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at the Planalto Palace on June 17 2020 in Brasilia. Brazil has over 923,000 confirmed positive cases of Coronavirus and 45,241 deaths. (Photo by Andressa Anholete/Getty Images)

According to the judges, the Brazilian constitution does not give the court the authority to block it.

They did, however, suggest that state governors and city mayors do more to ensure that “appropriate health protocols” are followed.

They were also outraged by President Jair Bolsonaro’s last-minute decision to hold the tournament with no fans in stadiums.

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Every 48 hours, teams must submit to mandatory testing. Their movements will be restricted, and they will be transported to host cities on chartered flights.

The tournament, which had been scheduled to take place in Colombia and Argentina but was pushed back to 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, was originally scheduled to take place in Colombia and Argentina.

However, Colombia was removed as a co-host on May 20 due to domestic civil unrest, and Argentina was then stripped of its host status on May 30, citing coronavirus concerns and the “current circumstances.”

Brazil’s players criticized the decision to hold the tournament in their country earlier this week.

Brazil has recorded over 475,000 coronavirus-related deaths, the second highest number in the world after the United States.

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