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FIFA picks Manaus among six cities hosting Olympic Games

16 March 2015, 16:11

ZURICH — FIFA has withdrawn its objection to Manaus and chosen the Amazon jungle city to host matches at the 2016 Olympics.

FIFA says six cities across Brazil will host men's and women's matches: Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Salvador and Sao Paulo.

All six hosted World Cup matches last year.

Also read: Zimbabwe thrown out of 2018 World Cup qualifiers

The Amazonia Arena in Manaus seemed at risk when FIFA suggested its distance from Rio — 3,000 kilometers (1,800 miles) — was too far.

Rio will host matches in two stadiums: the Maracana, where the World Cup final took place, 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.

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