Monday, June 27

Copa América 2021: what can Bolsonaro win or lose by taking the competition to Brazil in the midst of a pandemic

  • Gerardo Lissardy
  • BBC News World

Jair Bolsonaro

Image source, AFP


This year’s Copa América may be double-edged for Bolsonaro.

The decision of the Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, to host the Copa América of soccer in his country is a difficult bet to understand at first glance.

Since the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) revealed on Monday that Brazil would host the event, which was originally supposed to take place in Argentina and Colombia, criticism of all kinds has rained.

Many remember that Brazil has one of the worst outbreaks of coronavirus in the world, with more than 465,000 deaths and an average of more than 61,000 new daily cases reported in the last week.

Experts on epidemics and infections warn that the Copa América may contribute to worsening the situation, by generating more activity and crowds when the occupancy of intensive care beds exceeds 80% in various parts of Brazil, including the four sub-venues of the tournament: Brasilia, Goiás, Mato Grosso and Rio de Janeiro.

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