Colombia removed as co-host of next month’s Copa America.

South American soccer body CONMEBOL announced on Thursday 20 May 2021 that Colombia will not co-host next month's Copa America, a decision reached less than a month before the opening match and amid a wave of street protests against Colombian President Iván Duque.

It would have been the first Copa America hosted by two countries.

Hours earlier Colombian authorities asked CONMEBOL to postpone the tournament, which is also organized by Argentina. Sports Minister Ernesto Lucena told journalists it should take place in the end of the year because of the current global pandemic.

Copa America is scheduled to be played between June 13 and July 10.

CONMEBOL said in a statement it was impossible to postpone the tournament to November and assured it will inform “on the next days about the relocation of the matches which should be played in Colombia.”

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