POSTED: July 12th 2016

Italian PM Renzi: Rome 2024 is in pole position, saying no would be a 'sensational mistake'

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is a strong supporter of the Rome 2024 bid © Getty Images
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is a strong supporter of the Rome 2024 bid © Getty Images

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi spoke out on RTL 102.5 radio blasting newly elected Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi that if she didn't get behind the Rome 2024 Olympic bid it would be a "sensational mistake".

The Italian Premier is a big supporter of the Rome 2024 candidacy and said, "I don't know what the capital's mayor will do, the evaluation is in the hands of the administrators of Rome. We will go forward as a government: for me Rome is in pole position right now, all the data tells us that we are leading.

"Whoever says no to the Olympics will take great responsibility to the citizens and the country. Many have already said no, but big events help the country: if someone takes them from us they go to jail and we go forward with the works," he added.

Renzi has already committed to be in Rio August 3rd for the opening of Casa Italia, the renowned Italian hospitality house and will be present to meet and greet IOC members to show his support for the Eternal City bid. He has always been behind this 2024 bid plan and has been very vocal about having the government behind this bid. The 2020 bid was axed at the last minute by then interim leader Mario Monti who refused to get behind a candidature.

Today and tomorrow a Rome 2024 team is in Lausanne for the IOC workshops led by Jacqueline Barrett Associate Director, Olympic Bids, on the next phase of the campaign to study and discuss legal and financial aspects of the bids.

Rome is bidding against Paris, Budapest, and Los Angeles to host the Summer Games. The IOC will vote on their final city in September of 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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