American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) celebrates its national team
championship, the Copa América 2021, in Brazil between June 13th and July 10th.
The event would have taken place in 2020 if it had not been for the pandemic. Although the championship was initially held
in two countries, Argentina and Colombia, the current health crisis and
political developments have now led Brazil to host the competition.
priority objective of maintaining a COVID-free zone, during the competition
period, CONMEBOL will provide a Medical Commission for this great event. A team
of professionals, which will include Francisco Forriol, professor at the
Faculty of Medicine, will provide a 24-hour medical service throughout the
championship to national and technical teams, officials and other attendees.
absence of spectators, the main priority this year will focus on the health of
the teams, technicians, officials and referees.
Their health will be strictly monitored through PCR tests carried out
every five days. Since January an effort has been made to create a protocol for
the monitoring of players and coaches in their personal lives and while
training and competing. This will also cover travelling and living in hotels,
where a COVID social bubble will have to be maintained.
Rio de Janeiro, the surgeon will assess the pre-competition evaluations and
will continue to collect data on any injuries that may occur to the players
during the competition with the aim of creating an epidemiological database. In
addition, he will carry out anti-doping controls and coordinate the referral
hospitals for the teams, as this time there will be no spectators.