The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, said on Thursday that he is concerned that the matches of the Copa Libertadores and the Copa América could increase the cases of coronavirus and considered that sports federations should be extremely careful.
“All that worries me. Besides, I also see what happens with the Argentine teams. Yesterday or the day before yesterday I heard what happens with the Argentine soccer teams and they have not left Argentina. The contagions are repeated. That is not anything other than to be part of a society in which infections increase, “said Fernández in dialogue with Radio 10.
The Copa América, which was to be played in 2020 in Argentina and Colombia, was postponed to this year and will take place in both countries from June 13 to July 10.
“I do not want to frustrate the spectacle of the America’s Cup, what I want is for us to be very sensible, very careful. We have some time ahead to see how things evolve and to see how we can master this problem,” he added.
The Argentine government on Wednesday tightened the curfew in the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires (AMBA), made up of the capital and its neighboring towns, and circulation will be prohibited there between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. the following day due to the increase in Covid-19 cases.
In addition, among other measures, recreational, social, cultural, sports and religious activities were prohibited in closed places due to the arrival of the second wave of the coronavirus in the southern country.
With 368 new deaths, Argentina posted the highest number of deaths on Wednesday since the pandemic began.
“The sports authorities have to act very carefully. What is happening in the Argentine teams is a sample of what can happen if we also leave Argentina to play in countries where the problem is even more acute”Fernández said, when asked about the matches in the Group Phase of the Copa Libertadores, which will begin next week.
“We will have to take extreme care. Without leaving Argentina the teams are having contagions, leaving could be worse,” he said.
“We love football. The only thing that could distract me a bit in these days of confinement that I had to go through was seeing Argentinos Juniors, who did not give me much satisfaction because they were two zero to zero draws and I did not enjoy it. Argentines, soccer is a very important entertainment and a passion, “said Fernández, who was infected with COVID-19.