Rio’s Maracana is the venue for the World Cup final and one of the football venues for the Olympics (Getty)

(WFI) Rio 2016 organisers have confirmed the football venues for the Olympics will be spread around Brazil.

Sao Paulo’s Arena Corinthians, Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana, Salvador’s Arena Fonte Nova, Brasilia’s Mane Garrincha and Belo Horizonte’s Mineirao stadium will stage the Olympic football tournament

All are venues for this summer’s World Cup.

The announcement came at a meeting between Rio 2016 officials and IOC inspectors who are in the city for a three-day check-up on progress across the project. Their visit concludes today.

Spreading the Olympic football tournament across Brazil follows the success of the London 2012 competition, which made use of venues in England, Scotland and Wales.

Meanwhile, FIFA announced that secretary general Jérôme Valcke is travelling to Rio de Janeiro from March 24-27 for a series of World Cup meetings.

“This is the last occasion for the organisers to take stock of the operational preparations before the respective FIFA World Cup installations begin to be implemented in all 12 host cities,” FIFA said in a statement.

“As such, any envisaged on-site host city visits will be rescheduled to the next tour planned for the end of April.”

His visit ends with a board meeting of the Brazil 2014 organising committee on March 27 at the Maracana stadium. This will be followed by a media briefing.

By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson

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