Copa America: Brazilian Supreme Court tournament can take place

President Bolsonaro said the decision to host the tournament was not up for discussion
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The Copa America, which is due to start on Sunday, can take place in Brazil, the country’s Supreme Court has ruled.

Judges held an emergency session on Thursday to consider requests to stop competition due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It has been argued that hosting the tournament would endanger the lives of thousands of people.

Judges said the Brazilian constitution does not give the court the power to block it.

But they said state governors and city mayors should do more to ensure “proper health protocols” are followed.

They also expressed their dismay at President Jair Bolsonaro’s decision. last minute decision to organize the tournament, which will take place without supporters in the stadiums.

Teams are subject to mandatory tests every 48 hours. Their movements will be restricted and they will travel to the host cities on charter flights.

The tournament, postponed from 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, was originally scheduled to take place in Colombia and Argentina.

But Colombia was removed as co-host on May 20 due to internal civil unrest, and Argentina was subsequently stripped of its host status on May 30, with organizers citing coronavirus concerns and “current circumstances”.

Earlier this week, players from Brazil criticized the decision organize the tournament in their country.

Brazil has recorded more than 475,000 deaths attributed to the coronavirus, the second highest number in the world after the United States.

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