The Copa America soccer tournament, which was scheduled to take place in Colombia and Argentina this summer, has been postponed until summer 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
This semi-regular competition is held as a tournament to decide the best team in South American soccer. Unfortunately, soccer fans will be forced to wait until next summer to see a new champion crowned.
President Alejandro Dominguez, the head of CONMEBOL, acknowledged that it would be impossible to have the tournament go on this year. He said, “This is an extraordinary measure for an unexpected situation and responds to the fundamental need to avoid the exponential evolution of the virus.”
Nearly all soccer leagues around the world, including the vast majority of South America and Europe’s domestic competitions, are currently on hold as the world fights to slow down the coronavirus pandemic.
The Copa America tournament joined the UEFA Euro tournament in the postponement, with the premier European soccer competition also announcing earlier in the day that the tournament would be delayed until next year.
With domestic soccer leagues still looking to finish their seasons at a later time, with the summer almost guaranteed to be used if leagues do resume, it would have been impractical to have Copa America go on this summer, which means that fans will just have to press pause on it for one year.