POSTED: February 10th 2012

Rome 2020: Only the Pope is missing from the endorsements for the Eternal City bid

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/ROMA: Following the appeal by 60 Italian athletes to get the government behind the bid, now 40 well know entertainers and artists launch their plea to Premier Mario Monti to get him to back the campaign to try bring the Games to the Eternal City.

The Vatican City is a separate state but it would appear that only the Pope is missing from the endorsements that the campaign is getting to convince the government to sign on the dotted line.

A stellar list of Italian actors and entertainers signed the appeal to the prime minister who is now expected to make a decision on Monday upon his return from the USA to visit President Barack Obama. Obama has bid experience himself when he flewin last minute to Copenhagen to give the Chicago 2016 bid a final push only to find that the city fell out of the race on the first round.

Now if Monti had a chance to speak to Mitt Romney, former head of the Salt Lake City Games and Republican presidential hopeful, that might be a different kind of conversation.

Italian personalities such as two Oscar winners GiuseppeTornatore and Ennio Morricone, musician Renzo Arbore, model and film star Monica Bellucci, host and singer Fiorello, actor and musician Gianni Morandi, and commedian Carlo Verdone, are on the list of the latest appeal.

They wrote:

"Dear President Monti, the cultural community would like to join the athletes in
asking (you) to strongly support Rome's bid for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  

The Olympic Games are not only a major sporting event, but also a unique opportunity to promote a country's cultural and artistic riches to the world. This is especially true for Italy who has for centuries been on the top of the medal table in this discipline.  

Rome 2020 would be an unforgettable opportunity to exchange and bring together
different languages, traditions and expressive forms in a way to relaunch our global image. Bidding for the Olympic Games is a sign of confidence in ourselves, in our young people and the ability for Italy to get moving again, also thanks to our creativity.  

Precisely because this is not just some unattainable dream that we all, including the Government, have to show that we still have desire to soar to great heights."

Rome Mayor, Gianni Alemanno added, "Today's letter sent by artists and entertainers to Cabinet President Monti, and the declarations of representatives of the world of economy and industry, consolidates the whole of society in favour of Rome's candidacy as the host of the Olympics and Paralympics 2020.

"All these appeals to Monti are the clearest sign that all of Italy believes in this candidacy and I hope that they may be an element of further reflection, so that the government may sign the candidacy letter."

Rome must consign the applicant file next Wednesday the 15th to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with guarantees from the government.

Keywords · Rome 2020 · Olympic bidding · Mario Monti · Barack Obama · Mitt Romney · Giuseppe Tornatore · Ennio Morricone · Renzo Arbore · Monica Bellucci · Fiorello · Gianni Morandi · Carlo Verdone

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