Brazilian Supreme Court rejects bid to block Copa America

File Photo: An overview of the Manegalincha National Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil, June 9, 2021. Reuters / Ueslei Marcelino

June 11, 2021

Brasilia (Reuters) -Brazil’s Supreme Court dismissed two of the three injunctions sought to prevent the Copa America football tournament from being held domestically due to the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday.

The event in 10 South American countries will open on Sunday at the Manegalincha Stadium in Brasilia, despite the organizer’s criticism of the hasty move of the tournament from co-organizers Colombia and Argentina.

The court is expected to revoke the third injunction and allow the tournament to proceed.

Judge Carmen Lucia said in her decision that she did not exempt authorities from adopting the public health measures necessary to prevent the transmission of the virus that killed nearly 500,000 Brazilians. ..

Last week, the South American Football Federation unexpectedly relocated the tournament after Colombia was dropped due to public unrest and Argentina withdrew after a surge in coronavirus infection.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been fighting lockdowns, downplaying the seriousness of the coronavirus, but has thrown support behind the move.

However, public health experts and soccer players questioned the wisdom of hosting tournaments in a pandemic rage. The injunction was issued by the opposition and the national metalworking trade unions.

(Report by Anthony Boadle, edited by Richard Pullin)

Brazilian Supreme Court rejects bid to block Copa America

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