Despite the country’s frightening COVID-19 results, Brazil’s Supreme Court approved the Copa America soccer competition to begin here.
President Jair Bolsonaro and tournament organisers in Brazil, which is hosting the game after Colombia and Argentina withdrew, would be relieved by the 11 justices’ unanimous vote. Two lawsuits challenging the tournament’s holding in Brazil were dismissed by the court, which reasoned that the games’ authorization is a decision made by officials in the state where they would be held; all four governors in Copa America locales are Bolsonaro supporters. On Sunday, Brazil will meet Venezuela in the Copa America’s opening match at the Mané Garrincha stadium in Brasilia.
The final will be held on July 10 in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium.
The court’s decision comes in response to lawsuits filed by the Brazilian Socialist Party and a metalworkers union opposing Brazil’s hosting of the World Cup. According to the union, no international sporting events should be held while social distancing measures are in effect. Brazil continues to have one of the highest daily COVID-19 infection rates in the world, despite the fact that the number of deaths has been dropping for roughly two months after reaching a new high.
In her vote, Justice Carmen Lúcia claimed that only state authorities had the authority to allow or ban Copa America from taking place in their jurisdiction, and her colleagues agreed. “The Supreme Court has the authority to act in conformity with the constitution and current legislation.
Judges are unable to act as they like or desire “Lúcia, who has previously chastised the Bolsonaro government’s move to host the event.