Brazil’s Supreme Court hears request to block America’s Cup | News
After the group expressed concern about Brazil hosting a football tournament during the COVID, the court will hold a virtual meeting on Thursday.
After several groups and individuals, Brazil’s Supreme Court agreed to hear two requests to block the America’s Cup Raise concerns About South American countries hosting international championships during the coronavirus pandemic.
Chief Justice Louis Fox said on Tuesday that, given the “special nature of the case,” he decided to let the 11-member full court deal with the matter at a special virtual meeting on Thursday.
The 10-nation tournament is scheduled to start on Sunday and will last until July 10.
However, some coaches, players, Brazilian Senate staff and others raised concerns and doubts about this event, saying that it may worsen Brazil’s already high coronavirus infection rate and death rate.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Brazil has so far reported more than 16.9 million cases and more than 474,000 deaths-the second highest death toll in the world after the United States.
a lot of Brazilians blame far-right President Bolsonaro, A COVID-19 skeptic, who rejected public health measures to stop the spread of the virus because the pandemic is surging.
Senate committee in April Investigate Bolsonaro’s handling of the coronavirus, including whether he moved too slowly and inefficiently to ensure that he received the much-needed coronavirus vaccine.
But the South American Football Association, CONMEBOL, Confirm Brazil As the host last week, because Colombia and Argentina were cancelled as co-hosts, the reason is Continuous unrest In the former, and emerge COVID-19 infection In the latter.
On June 6, the staff of the Senate committee urged the organizers to postpone the game. They pointed out that Brazil’s vaccination rate is very low. As of Friday, only more than 10% of the country’s population received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
“Brazil does not provide sanitary guarantees for hosting international competitions of this magnitude. In addition to conveying a false sense of security and normality, contrary to the reality of Brazilian lives, it also encourages people to gather and set bad examples,” they said.
“We are not against the America’s Cup in Brazil or anywhere else. But we believe that the game can wait until the country is ready to host it.”
On Monday, the Executive Director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program said he would advise any country hosting large gatherings to manage risks very carefully.
Ryan told reporters: “We recommend any country that conducts such large-scale gatherings, especially in the context of community communication, to be extra careful to ensure that they have proper risk management.” “If risk management cannot be guaranteed, then of course countries should reconsider their decision to hold or hold any mass gatherings.”
The Brazilian Supreme Court has agreed to hear complaints from the National Union of Metal Workers CNTM and opposition Congressman Julio Delgado and the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB).
In a statement announcing its consent to hear these cases, the court stated that the union believes that holding the competition “is a risk of increasing the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths”.
Delgado and PSB believe that hosting “violates the basic rights of life and health,” it said.
Several other requests to block the game have also been submitted to various courts, including another request from the left-wing Workers’ Party (PT) of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to the Supreme Court. Become Bolsonaro’s presidential candidate in next year’s election.
Brazilian officials stated that the game will be held without fans. Teams will be tested for COVID-19 every 48 hours, their movement will be restricted, and they will be transported to the four host cities by charter flights.