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Rome mayor tells Venice officials to avoid Olympic spats

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Rome, September 11 - Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino told
Venice officials to avoid spats over which Italian city should
bid to host the 2024 Olympics.
The capital was the first city to step forward after
Premier Enrico Letta said at the weekend that the country could
consider a bid for the Games.
But Lombardy Governor Roberto Maroni said he wants Milan to
be Italy's candidate and Luca Zaia, the governor of Veneto, the
region around Venice, said "no more Rome" Tuesday when
announcing the lagoon city would try for it.
Venice wanted to be Italy's candidate for the 2020 Olympics
but the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) opted for Rome, only
for former Premier Mario Monti to sink the capital's bid last
year due to concerns about the cost of holding sport's biggest
event.
Rome had been one of the favourites to land the 2020 Games,
which the International Olympic Committee awarded to Tokyo on
Saturday.
"I don't approach politics like the conflict of a soccer
derby," said Marino.
"There are rules. It's necessary to present an application
to take part and Rome certainly will, then a committee will
decide.
"Instead of getting lost in parochial debates between
regions and cities, we should unite in this competition between
Italy and the rest of the world so that Italy wins.
"And I'm sure our country will win".

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