Manaus not 'suitable' option for 2016 Olympics, FIFA says

SAO PAULO -- FIFA says it opposes the choice of Manaus as a football host city in the 2016 Olympics.

Football's governing body says it prefers the games be played at cities closer to Olympic center Rio de Janeiro.

"We do not consider Manaus as a suitable first option for a hosting venue," world football's governing body said in a statement.

"Given the Olympic football tournament is only two weeks long, FIFA's preference has also always been on short distances between the other football venues and the Olympic city Rio de Janeiro to provide the participating teams with the best possible Olympic experience."

The statement on Friday came a day after Rio organisers announced they were adding Manaus to the list of proposed host cities to "integrate all of Brazil" in the games. The city is about 3,000 kilometres (1,800 miles) from Rio.

The other proposed cities, beside Rio, are Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador and Brasilia.

FIFA said the organisers' proposal will be discussed in March, when FIFA's Olympic organizing committee meets in Zurich.