POSTED: November 30th 2011

Rome 2020 presents bid budget to government for support

Foro Italico the headquarters of CONI / CONI
Foro Italico the headquarters of CONI / CONI

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: The Rome 2020 bid is going forward and has submitted their budget plan to the Italian government for Parliamentary support.

Following meetings at the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) president Gianni Petrucci spoke to Reuters and confirmed that the bid is definitely going forward, that Mario Pescante at the helm is doing an excellent job of keeping the bid plan on track and that he hopes the current economic climate will not have an effect on the bid.

IOC vice-president and former European Olympic Committees (EOC) secretary general and president, Mario Pescante, is serving as president of this second Rome Olympic bid. The Eternal City hosted the 1960 Games and bid against Athens for the 2004 Olympics which went to Greece.

Petrucci also said, "I anticipate that the Olympic Games will represent a chance for growth and development and therefore could represent an important instrument for overcoming the difficulties which the country is going through."

Italy has just recently undergone a change in government as Silvio Berlusconi resigned as premier and was replaced by economist Mario Monti who also serves as finance minister. ran an interview earlier this month during the IOC's seminar for bidding cities with Ernesto Albanese, managing director of Roma 2020, about the proposal to the government and it can be found here:

Rome is in the race with Baku, Doha, Madrid, Istanbul, and Tokyo for the final vote September 7th in Buenos Aires.

Keywords · Rome 2020 · Olympic Bidding · Mario Pescante · Gianni Petrucci · CONI

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