Six Brazilian Cities To Host Soccer Matches At 2016 Summer Olympics
Photo: Sao Paulo has been added to the list of Brazilian cities that will host Olympic soccer matches. (Courtesy of Embratur)
Six Brazilian cities will host soccer matches at the 2016 Summer Olympics, including the Games’ host city of Rio de Janiero, said officials from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Football Federation (FIFA) following a meeting earlier this week.
In all, 58 matches will be played during the 2016 Olympics, with the cities of Belo Horizonte (Mineirão Stadium), Brasilia (Mane Garrincha Stadium), Manaus (Amazon Arena), Rio de Janeiro (Maracana and Olympic stadiums), Salvador (Arena Fonte Nova) and São Paulo (Arena Corinthians) slated to host matches.
The Olympics’ expansion to six Brazilian cities strengthens the country’s promotion of its tourist attractions and reinforces the country’s ability to receive tourists in its five regions, said Vicente Neto, president of Embratur (the Brazilian Tourism Board).
"It is rewarding for the Olympic Games, and also for the promotion of Brazil, to expand the range of destinations to be visited by tourists during this sporting event,” said Neto. “All cities already chosen proved, during the World Cup, that they are extremely capable of welcoming a large number of visitors. In addition, they are culturally rich, with a huge range of typical Brazilian tourism products,” he added.
The men's Olympic competition will begin Aug. 4, 2016 with the final match scheduled for August 20 at the Maracana Stadium. Competition in the women's tournament will begin August 3 with the final match slated for August 19 at Maracana Stadium.
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