POSTED: November 11th 2015

Olympics: Rome 2024 bid changes leadership bringing on Diana Bianchedi as new Director General

Diana Bianchedi has won two Olympic gold medals / CONI
Diana Bianchedi has won two Olympic gold medals / CONI

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Rome 2024 Olympic bid announced a change in leadership today as Director General Claudia Bugno has decided to leave to take up a new career challenge. Rome is bidding against Budapest, Hamburg, Los Angeles and Paris to host the 2024 summer Games.

Diana Bianchedi, 46, is an Olympic gold medalist and had a long and distinguished career in international fencing culminating with 16 medals including two Olympic gold medals in the team foil at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and the Sydney Games in 2000 and five world titles and two European titles.

Bianchedi has a degree in sports medicine and has held several positions at the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) including Deputy Vice-Chairman, Chairman of the Athletes Commission, executive member of the Anti-Doping Scientific Committee and is currently President of the Merit Commission.

"I wish to thank Claudia for her hard work", said Rome 2024 bid President Luca Cordero di Montezemolo. "Her experience has been important in laying the groundwork of the Olympic bid and to generate a solid and sustainable plan.

"Diana Bianchedi will now take us into an exciting new phase for the bid. As well as being an undisputed champion, Diana is an experienced and capable manager. Her proven knowledge of the world of sport will be an important added value to Rome 2024, a project that focuses on the athletes".

"I want to wish Claudia all the best in her new managerial challenge and express my sincere gratitude for her great efforts," added CONI President Giovanni Malagò. "I am excited and at the same time eager that Diana will play an important role in this challenge because it is important to have the presence of a person with her sports management background. Her career in CONI, combined with her sporting history, makes her a perfect leader for this project".

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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