New Delhi: Brazilian national football team coach Tite on Friday (June 4) said that he cannot guarantee whether his team would take part in the upcoming Copa America tournament. His statement comes after it was reported that Brazilian players were unhappy about the event being hold on home soil at a time when the country is suffering from the pandemic.
The tournament was supposed to be held in 2020 but was postponed due to the first wave of COVID-19.
Furthermore, the original venues for the competition were Colombia and Argentina but stiff anti-government protests in Colombia led to the change in the venue.
Argentina followed suit as it also opted out of hosting due to a fresh surge in COVID cases.
With both of its hosts opting out, the CONMEBOL choose the defending champions Brazil as the hosts.
However, the country is suffering from the pandemic itself which has led to a huge loss of life.
Brazilians started trending #CovaAmerica as soon as the news was announced.
Moreover, Argentina’s forward Sergio Kun Aguero has also cast doubts on whether he will take part in the tournament or not.
Copa America is the second major source of revenue for CONMEBOL after the Copa Libertadores tournamentr.
Meanwhile, President Jair Bolsonaro has welcomed the decision and said that his country is more than capable of holding the tournament.
Bolsonaro’s own handling of the pandemic has been criticised by experts who say that there is a lack of effort on the government side to control the spread of the virus.