Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018

Letta revives Italian Olympic dream


Rome, September 9 - Premier Enrico Letta has said
an Italian city may bid to host the 2024 Olympics, but some
northerners want Milan to run for the event instead of the
Rome was considered one of the favourites to land the 2020
Olympics before former premier Mario Monti decided last year to
drop its bid due to concerns about the cost in a time of
financial and economic crisis.
But Letta said that Italy could consider a bid for the 2024
Games after the International Olimpic Committee (IOC) voted in
Buenos Aires to award the 2020 Olympics to Tokyo at the weekend.
If Madrid's bid for the 2020 Games had prevailed, it would
have effectively ruled Italy out of hosting the following
Olympics, as the IOC tends to alternate continents when awarding
sport's biggest event.
"What happened in Buenos Aires makes me think that Italy
can bid for the 2024 Olympics," Letta said.
Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino said the capital was ready.
"There are the right conditions for Rome to bid to host the
Games because the city has all the necessary requirements,"
Marino said.
"I'll request a meeting soon with Premier Letta and the
president of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), Giovanni
However, three-time Olympic canoeing gold medalist Antonio
Rossi, Italy's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2008
Games in Beijing, believes Rome should not be the automatic
"I don't want to open a diatribe with Rome, but Milan has
its credentials too," Rossi said.
Lombardy Governor Roberto Maroni has said he will ask Milan
Mayor Giuliano Pisapia to stage a bid for Milan to be Italy's
candidate for the 2024 Olympics, saying the site of Expo 2015
could be used for some events.

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