South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) announced the extension of Copa America tournament until July 2021 due to Coronavirus outbreak.

The CONMEBOL president says “This is an extraordinary measure for an unexpected situation and responds to the fundamental need to avoid the exponential evolution of the virus.

“It wasn’t easy to take this decision but we must safeguard at all times the health of our players and all those who form part of the big South American football family,” he added.

“Have no doubts that the oldest international tournament in the world will be back stronger than ever in 2021.”

The 12-team tournament, which had originally been scheduled to take place from June 12 to July 12 in Colombia and Argentina, follows the Euro 2020 championship in being pushed back by a year with global sport being brought to a virtual standstill by the coronavirus outbreak.

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