Brazil's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that this year's tournament could go ahead. (Photo Credit: Representational/ UnSplash)

  • The 1918 edition of Copa America was called off over the Spanish flu
  • Spanish flu wrecked havoc around the globe on its way to killing an estimated 50 million people in two years
  • Just days ago, the current Copa America, which opens Sunday, looked set to suffer the same fate