By majority, the Supreme Court of Brazil endorsed the realization of the Copa América

The Supreme Federal Court (STF) of Brazil gave the green light this Thursday to the holding of the Copa América by rejecting three appeals that requested the suspension of the tournament due to the country’s health situation, the second with the most deaths from COVID-19 and that expect a third wave of the pandemic.

Six of the eleven judges of the highest Brazilian court, the minimum required, voted remotely in an extraordinary session, in favor of authorizing the regional national team championship, which will begin on Sunday with the clash between the ‘Seleçao’ and Venezuela in Brasilia.

With the votes of justices Marco Aurélio, Cármen Lúcia, Ricardo Lewandowski, Edson Fachin, Gilmar Mendes and Dias Toffoli, the Brazilian Supreme Court endorsed the tournament that will begin on Sunday.

However, the judges did not warn about the need to reduce eventual damages. At least two of the magistrates asked in their votes that the government present, 24 hours before the start of the Cup, a risk mitigation plan, something that has yet to be confirmed.

Although it can no longer change the majority decision of the STF that the Copa América be played, the other five judges have until 11:59 p.m. local time (02:59 GMT Friday) to vote remotely, in an extraordinary session, the requests of the leftist Partido de the Workers (PT), the National Confederation of Metalworkers and the Brazilian Socialist Party to suspend the tournament.

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