The three corporate sponsors – Mastercard, Ambev և Diageo – have withdrawn their brands from the Copa America football competition in Brazil, which is scheduled to start on Sunday, despite the Covid-19 crisis raging in the country.
The largest people in Latin America offered to host The regional tournament last month after the cancellation of the previous co-chairs Argentina: Colombia. Buenos Aires quoted him An increasing number of coronavirus cases, while Bogota blamed domestic protests.
Brazil’s decision to intervene, backed by right-wing President Air Bolsonaro, has been condemned by a number of medics and opposition politicians who have argued that it threatens the spread of the virus as the epidemic continues unabated in the country.
After a thorough analysis, Mastercard decided to remove its brand from Copa America this year, although it will remain a sponsoring competition, which has already been postponed to 2020.
The British alcoholic beverage group Diageo, which is owned by Smirnoff, Guinness and Johnnie Walker, has announced that it will discontinue all operations of the brand “given the current health situation in Brazil due to the Covid-19 epidemic.”
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“The terms of the sponsorship were agreed upon when the event was scheduled to take place in Colombia and Argentina,” the company added. “Diageo reiterates its commitment to the public by adhering to safety protocols and institutional actions that help alleviate the epidemic.”
Brazilian brewer Ambev, the world’s largest brewer AB InBev, says “its brands will not be in the Copa America.”
The vote of confidence comes as Brazil waits for a possible third wave of Covid-19 infections as the cooler season begins.
With more than 480,000 deaths, the country has the second highest number of deaths from respiratory illness after the United States. a lack of clasps carries out vaccination campaigns.
“We are still in a very serious situation,” said Marcelo Ramos, a public health researcher at the Fiocruz Biomedical Institute. “When it was announced that Brazil would host the Copa America, the message was that we were in a calm situation, which is not true.”
However, this week the country’s health minister insisted that holding a football match would not pose an additional risk of contamination, as no fans would take part in the games.
Bolsonaro has earned international acclaim for dealing with the epidemic, which includes talking about the potential for discrediting vaccines.
But the former army captain received a boost when the Brazilian public chain Havana, whose co-founder Luciano Hang is a vocal supporter of the president, announced sponsorship of the tournament.
“I am convinced that this will be a competition that will delight the entire population of Brazil,” he said.
This week, Brazil’s Supreme Court rejected the country’s ban on hosting the Copa America.
Brazilian Football Confederation և The South American Football Confederation did not respond to requests for comment.