POSTED: January 15th 2016

Olympics: Rome 2024 team readies for key meeting next week with IOC President Bach

(L to R) Coni President Giovanni Malago, General Coordinator Olympian Diana Bianchedi, Bid President Luca di Montezemolo and Vice President Luca Pancalli / CONI
(L to R) Coni President Giovanni Malago, General Coordinator Olympian Diana Bianchedi, Bid President Luca di Montezemolo and Vice President Luca Pancalli / CONI

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Rome 2024 bid committee have been refining the Eternal City's project plan in preparation for a key meeting next week with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and IOC president Thomas Bach.

Meetings have been held with the Board of Trustees and Environmental associations and the feasibility study of the Tor Vergata University is entering its final phases.

Bid President Luca di Montezemolo said, "I was positively impressed by today's inclusive spirit as well as by a careful and constructive approach towards the Olympic project. We have all the same goal: to ensure that the Olympic and Paralympic Games will play a decisive role in renewing Rome from a structural, environmental and technological front."

All four bid city candidates must hand in part 1 of their files covering vision, Games concept and strategy on February 17th. Rome is bidding against Budapest, Paris and Los Angeles to host the 2024 summer Games.

The second meeting of the Board of Trustees took place today and participants had the opportunity to discuss the bid plan and to compound on the opportunities of Agenda 2020.

Representatives from the main environmental associations met with bid President Luca di Montezemolo, Vice President Luca Pancalli, General Coordinator Diana Bianchedi, President of the Italian Olympic Committee Giovanni Malagò, and the bid committee.

"It has been a very constructive debate which will be followed by a more technical one, confirming our bid process as a shared endeavor one" said Diana Bianchedi.

The Rome 2024 bid committee also discussed the collaboration with the University of Tor Vergata.  Professor Beniamino Quintieri is working on a feasibility on the sustainability and legacy of the 2024 Games that is now going into the advanced phase.

Prof. Quintieri said, "We are producing a report for the Committee on the evaluation of the real socio-economic benefits of the Games for the city of Rome and Italy. We will evaluate the employment growth, the increase in tourism, foreign investments as well as the improvement of services and infrastructures. We currently have estimated that, thanks to the Games, about 180,000 jobs will be available for young people" explains the professor.

"It is still premature to make any definitive claims based on this study. Nevertheless, this analysis shows that the Games would guarantee additional revenues for 1 billion euros, I am then even more convinced that we have a unique opportunity for the renewal of Rome, a world's a heritage that belongs to all Italians."

Rome as yet is still without a Mayor and it is probably not going to be until next spring or summer until a new city leader is elected.

The IOC will vote on their host city for the 2024 summer Olympics in 2017 at the session in Lima, Peru.

**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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