Valcke back in Brazil to inspect WCup host cities

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SAO PAULO (AP) -- FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke is back in Brazil to continue his tour of the host cities for the 2014 World Cup.

Valcke is visiting the jungle city of Manaus on Tuesday and the western city of Cuiaba on Wednesday. He will end his trip by participating in a board meeting of the local organizing committee on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro.

Valcke says "the visits are very important not only to see the stadiums and the general infrastructure progress, but also to be able to discuss with the host cities and states representatives our joint mission."

The secretary general is expected to visit all 12 host cities by the end of the year. He visited Recife, Natal and Brasilia in June, and Salvador and Fortaleza in January.