FIFA picks Rio Olympic venues

2015-03-17 09:56
Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil (Supplied)
Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil (Supplied)

Zurich - FIFA withdrew its objection to Manaus and chose the Amazon jungle city on Monday to host matches at the 2016 Olympics.

FIFA said its Olympic tournament committee chose six cities across Brazil to host men's and women's matches: Olympic host Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Salvador and Sao Paulo.

All six hosted World Cup matches last year.

The Arena da Amazonia in Manaus seemed at risk when FIFA said its distance from Rio,  3 000 kilometers, was too far. The 44,000-capacity venue costing $294 million was built for the World Cup despite the city lacking any top-level teams.

Rio will host matches in two stadiums: the Maracana, where the World Cup final was played, and the Engenhao, which will also host the Olympic track and field events.

The Engenhao is officially named after disgraced former FIFA president Joao Havelange.

The Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, which opened the World Cup, was chosen despite city officials saying the project could be too expensive. Officials said they will meet next week to discuss whether they city will be able to remain one of the hosts. Brazilian club Corinthians, which owns the stadium, has already said it will not spend any money to get the venue ready, meaning public funds will be needed.

FIFA said a detailed schedule for the 58 matches will be confirmed later.

The 16-team men's tournament and 12-team women's tournament will be played August 3-20.

Read more on:    fifa  |  olympics 2016  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Who was the best summer signing in the EPL?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.