POSTED: July 18th 2015

Rome 2024 visits IOC headquarters to strengthen bid

The Italian delegation at the IOC with President Thomas Bach (center) © CONI
The Italian delegation at the IOC with President Thomas Bach (center) © CONI

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) An Italian delegation, representing Rome's candidacy to host the 2024 Olympic Games, visited the International Olympic Committee's headquarters in Lausanne on Thursday. The delegation included: Mayor of Rome, Ignazio Marino; Secretary to the Prime Minister, Claudio De Vincenti; Director of Rome 2024 Bid Committee, Claudia Bugno; and Secretary General of Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI), Roberto Fabbricini.

The delegation took part in a daylong seminar, which was a part of the IOC's new invitation phase for potential Olympic host cities.

Mayor Marino promoted Rome's existing venues that could be put to use for the 2024 Games. He talked of Rome's plans to incorporate existing facilities that were used during the 1960 Olympic Games, such as the Benito Mussolini-inspired, Foro Italico complex, which houses the Olympic Stadium.

In addition, Rome plans to put half-built Tor Vergata complex to use. The complex that was designed by Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava and was meant to be the house the 2009 Swimming World Championships. However, the events were moved to the Foro Italico complex instead. The Tor Vergata has stood in a state of abandonment ever since.

"We will not build cathedrals in the desert," Marino continued saying, "We are not going to overbuild. We are going to develop what already exists."

During their technical presentation to the IOC, Claudia Bugno put a high emphasize on Rome's budget and how the bid would be funded by the public, along with national and international private investments. The bid city is considering a budget of $6.6 billion USD ($6 billion euros), which $2 billion would be covered by the IOC. It's roughly half of London 2012's budget.

Burgno stated, "As with the 1960 Games, which transformed Rome and the Olympic movement, we are looking to launch short and medium term initiatives, which will leave a legacy for the city, even in the next two years."

The bid comes during a stagnant time for Rome's economy and amidst a widening corruption scandal, which as labeled the city as the "Mafia Capital."

Italy's Anti-Corruption Czar, Raffaele Cantone was quoted saying, "If a state renounces a big event because there is a risk of corruption and criminality, that's a defeat by itself."

Cantone is said to be slated a role in Rome 2024's bid team.

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