Copa America 2021 news: Venezuela to be without players due to COVID. Covid-19 chaos as La Vinotinto face up to tall task.
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Coronavirus again cast a shadow over the 2021 Copa America as Venezuela’s preparations for their opening match versus Brazil were thrown into chaos.
The tournament has been moved from Colombia and Argentina to Brazil amid political unrest in the former nation and a spike in covid-19 cases and deaths in the latter.
“The health department was notified by CONMEBOL that 12 members of the Venezuelan national team’s delegation, including players and coaching staff, tested positive for covid-19,” the secretary of state for Brasilia said in a statement, with the match set to take place at Estadio Nacional in the Brazilian capital.
“They are all asymptomatic, isolated in single rooms and are being monitored.”
The lack of any public statement on the matter from either CONMEBOL or the Venezuelan Football Federation (FVF), means it is unclear how many of the 12 are players.
The Athletic reported at least five players, including captain Tomas Rincon had tested positive, with local reports in Venezuela suggesting a flight for 14 replacement players had been chartered.
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Credit: AS English