The plenary session of the Supreme Court of Brazil began on Thursday the trial of several appeals that ask for the suspension of the Copa América due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the vote of three magistrates in favor of holding the tournament in the country.
The eleven judges of the Supreme Court have until midnight to cast their vote in an extraordinary virtual session in which they will define the future of the Copa América, which Brazil hosted at the last minute after Argentina and Colombia, initial venues, gave up, and it is planned Let it start on Sunday
The resources demand that, for health reasons, the contest be suspended in the country, which accumulates more than 17.1 million cases of covid-19 and almost 480,000 deaths associated with the disease.
Judges Carmen Lucia Antunes and Marco Aurelio Mello rejected two appeals presented by the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) and the National Confederation of Metalworkers.
The PSB argues that Brazil “going through the most acute phase of the pandemic” and what to host the Copa América “It represents an absolute recklessness and negligence of the federal authorities towards public health.”
On the other hand, Judge Ricardo Lewandowski, instructor of another action of the Workers’ Party (PT), also chose to allow the event to be held on the condition that the Government urgently present a security plan to prevent the spread of the coronavirus during the tournament.
Since Conmebol, the highest authority on South American football, announced Brazil as the new and only venue for the 2021 Copa América on May 31, there have been criticisms in the country, especially from political and health sectors.
The decision had the approval of the Brazilian president, the far-right Jair Bolsonaro, who denies the seriousness of the pandemic, censors the restrictions to contain it and even questioned the effectiveness of masks and vaccines.
The president defends that international sporting events such as the Copa Libertadores and Sudamericana and the Qualifiers for the Qatar World Cup in 2022, as well as the Brazilian Championship in the domestic sphere, are already being held in Brazil.
However, the incidence of Sars-CoV-2 continues to be very high in the South American giant, with an average during the last week of about 60,000 cases and 1,700 daily deaths linked to the covid.
Last week there was even speculation about a possible boycott by the players, led by the Brazilians, who finally decided to play the tournament, although they criticized the way it has been organized.
On the other hand, two important sponsors, Mastercard and the Ambev brewery, reported that they will not display their brands or promote advertising in this controversial edition of the America’s Cup.