POSTED: February 1st 2016

Olympics: Malago says the credibility of Rome 2024 is steadily growing

(L to R) Giovanni Malago and Carlo Mornati, head of Olympic Preparation for CONI / CONI
(L to R) Giovanni Malago and Carlo Mornati, head of Olympic Preparation for CONI / CONI

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is a passionate fan of the Rome 2024 Olympic bid / CONI
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is a passionate fan of the Rome 2024 Olympic bid / CONI

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Today at the headquarters of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) the Rio 2016 project was unveiled six months out and President Giovanni Malago reiterated the Eternal City bid is steadily gaining more credibility. He emphasized the important role of the Italian Team, "The results of the upcoming Olympics will be the best asset for the 2024 Games bid."

"Rome is a dream," he added. "The biggest for anyone involved in sports. I am pleased to confirm that both in the country - as well as abroad - our candidature has increasing credibility. I've always said that because I know the way that CONI works, and what we have to offer. But to say what will happen September 13, 2017, we need someone who can read the future.

"The results in the playing fields are by far the best asset for the Rome 2024 Olympic bid and we aim to do like we did at London, minus the medals that are no longer on the program. The Olympic program at Rio will penalize us because it lacks the women's team foil and men's team sabre competitons.

"When I was elected I asked not to be judged on a medal count," continued Malago, "and I will not hold back, because in the future there are prerequisites to achieve better results."

PM Matteo Renzi a big sport fan

On another note, CONI President Malago has also spoken out in the press about Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi being a "die hard" sports fan. He told Associated Press at the recent 60th anniversary of the 1956 winter Games in Cortina, "He's a die-hard fan. He knows everything.

"Whenever an Italian wins, he calls me, he writes me e-mails, he writes on WhatsApp," he added. 

"He always wants to have the athlete's number to call and offer congratulations. He even follows sports that you've never heard of."

Renzi, a former soccer referee, has a lot of passion for sports and is very much behind the bid and his support is proving to be a constant boost for the Italian bid. He recently told IOC President Bach on a visit to the IOC headquarters that he hopes for re-election in 2018 until 2023 and then be able to attend the Italian Games as an ordinary citizen.

Since Rome is at the moment waiting for a new Mayor that is slated to be elected in May, the passion and commitment of the Prime Minister is a big assurance for the bid.

Rome is bidding against Los Angeles, Budapest and Paris to host the 2024 summer Games and the final vote will take place at the IOC session in Lima, Peru in September 2017.

**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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