POSTED: July 13th 2016

Olympics: Rome 2024 returns home from the IOC with 'renewed energy'

The Rome 2024 team included members from the city and regional government © Roma 2024
The Rome 2024 team included members from the city and regional government © Roma 2024

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Rome 2024 committee came away from their latest session with the IOC with "renewed energy" as their next big task is to get the newly elected mayor of Rome to get behind the bid campaign.

Bidding cities Rome, Paris, Budapest and Los Angeles all participated in a two day workshop the IOC staged this week led by Jacqueline Barrett, Associate Director, in charge of Olympic Bids. This workshop covered administrative and financial management necessary for hosting the Olympic Games.

Diana Bianchedi, General Coordinator for Rome 2024, led the team and affirmed at the end of the working sessions, "We're heading back to Rome with renewed energy."

"I would like to thank Jacqueline Barrett and the entire IOC team for the information they have provided.

"It is thanks to this information, that we are returning to Rome with renewed enthusiasm as we continue to address the necessary details with the many Italian institutions, with the sport world, and with all the other associations involved in our bid. In closing, I would like to thank the Municipality of Rome and Regione Lazio [Lazio's regional government] for having come with us and taken part in the work done today".  

The Rome 2024 bid team included Simone Perillo, International Relations Manager, Francesco Romussi, Venue Planning Manager, Claudia Cariati, Finance and Control Manager, Roberto Daneo and Cathy Livock, Bid Advisors.

Attendees on behalf of the city and region included Simone Gavino, Territory Planning Manager for Risorse per Roma, who represented the Municipality of Rome, and Roberto Tavani, Sport Advisor with President Zingaretti's political secretariat for Lazio's regional government. 

The workshop offered key information that is relative to the administrative organization and the extraordinary marketing opportunities that hosting the Olympic Games could offer to Italian and foreign businesses, as well as development opportunities that would be offered by the Paralympic Games.

Financial necessities were also covered mainly the Organizing Committee's budget - which would be funded with private resources received from sponsors, television, advertising and ticket sales - then they will receive a $ 1.7 billion contribution from the IOC. 

The city of Rome and the other 11 Italian cities involved with the bid will have to cover infrastructure related expenses which will improve transportation and services and these will be funded with resources from the national government and, where possible, with European resources. 

The IOC is set to vote on their host city in September 2017 in Lima, Peru at the official session.

**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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