POSTED: July 19th 2016

Mayor Virginia Raggi postpones decision on Rome 2024 Olympic bid until October

Virginia Raggi recently held her first Capitoline Assembly in Rome on July 7 © Getty Images
Virginia Raggi recently held her first Capitoline Assembly in Rome on July 7 © Getty Images

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Italian news agency ANSA reports that newly established Rome Mayor, Virginia Raggi, has announced that she will postpone her decision to back the Olympic bid until after the Rio Games and the summer break in October. And she reiterated she wouldn't "hesitate" at holding a referendum if the Roman citizens asked for one.

Raggi is from the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and said that she plans to convene with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi "straight after the summer" and at the top of her talkings points would be the renegotiation of Rome's massive debt.

The Mayor spoke to Metro news saying, "October is a good month for drawing conclusions.

"We have never precluded dialogue ... but for now our position remains unchanged: first we will attend to potholes, waste, transport, then we will evaluate the extraordinary," she confirmed.

Rome is bidding against Budapest, Paris and Los Angeles and the IOC will vote on their choice for host city in September 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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