The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, affirmed that, if it depends on him and his Government, “there will be Copa América in Brazil”, as announced by Conmebol, after Argentina and Colombia gave up organizing the tournament.
“I was consulted by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) and for our part it is positive,” Bolsonaro said at the gates of his official residence in Brasilia.
The president, the leader of a far-right denier, downplayed the impact that the Copa América could have in relation to the health crisis caused by the coronavirus, which in Brazil has already killed more than 462,000 people and continues out of control.
“There is the Copa Libertadores, there is the South American Cup, now there are qualifying matches for the World Cup in Qatar,” Bolsonaro said in relation to tournaments that have been played for months.
“Nobody says anything like that, but if it’s the America’s Cup then it will cause crowds and you can’t play, “he said ironically, to insist that his Government is willing to host the region’s national team tournament, which would begin on the 13th.
“It is the same security protocol of the Copa Libertadores,” Bolsonaro insisted to justify his support for the tournament, which generated a huge wave of criticism from health specialists and political sectors that considered that decision “irresponsible” when the country continues without controlling the pandemic of covid-19.