POSTED: June 10th 2014

Bach: Rome would have strong bid for 2024 Summer Games

Italian President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano and IOC President Thomas Bach (right) / CONI
Italian President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano and IOC President Thomas Bach (right) / CONI

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Hopes for the Olympic Games’ return to Italy have been strengthened following International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach’s comments on Rome’s chances at hosting the 2024 Summer Games.

Rome initially bid for the 2020 Games before funding from the Italian government was denied. The Eternal City hosted the 1960 Games but is yet undecided on bidding for 2024.

“It’s not a secret, a Rome bid for the 2024 Games would be very strong,” Bach said at the Italian Olympic Committee’s centenary celebrations in Rome. “Italy is a country with a great passion for sport and great athletes and is efficient in hospitality and organisation.

“It would be a very strong bid which would have the sympathy of a lot of people, not only in the Olympic family but inside the whole movement.”

Bids for the 2024 Games will be submitted next year and are expected from Paris, Doha, Istanbul – which missed out on the 2020 Games when Tokyo was selected last year – and cities from the United States, Germany, and South Africa. The Host City will be selected in 2017.

“We need to change philosophy,” Bach said regarding the Games bidding procedures. “In the past we needed to build many stadiums with huge capacity and with so many technical procedures to respect.

“At the time maybe it was right but it doesn’t respond to today’s demand. We have to think about how the Games could enter into the social fabric of the host country. We have to be more flexible, starting with the programme, and understand how to best manage costs.”

Recommendations for changes to the bid process and other changes to Agenda 2020 will be submitted to the International Olympic Committee for a vote at the IOC meeting in Monaco this December.

Ahead for the IOC is Rio 2016, which has come under scrutinisation in recent months due to missed construction deadlines, though Bach said the organising committee has made “great progress.”

“There is no time to lose but we are confident because everyone is working at close quarters and with a great collaborative spirit,” he said. “I am certain that the Rio Olympics will be full of typical Brazilian enthusiasm. We have seen great progress in the last few months, in particular in the city of Rio de Janeiro.”

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