POSTED: July 20th 2016

Olympics: Rome 2024 bid and City Council further technical work sessions

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LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Rome 2024 Olympic bid's multidisciplinary technical Working Group furthered its presentation to help the newly elected Mayor, Virginia Raggi, have the most in-depth information about the Eternal City's project to host the Summer Games. Mayor Raggi has just said in the press that she will make a decision in October about the Olympic bid which would be late for the time frame.

The multidisciplinary group, created this past January, expedited the presentation to July: it was originally scheduled for October. The bid said in a statement the Mayor is reviewing the second part of the dossier for the IOC. The City Council's Urban Planning Department coordinates the group.

The Working Group, headed by Annamaria Graziano, for the City Council, and Rome 2024 General Coordinator Diana Bianchedi, focused on focus on reviewing the work already done and the technical and financial information produced over the past months by the various subgroups and round tables relating to the Olympics.

Olympian Bianchedi said, "It was a positive meeting which was attended by all the technical bodies of the Municipality that in recent months have been working on the bid project.

"After the last meeting of the multidisciplinary working group promoted by the City of Rome last May, there have been two important steps: the feedback received from the IOC on step 1 of the dossier and the meeting of 13 July in Lausanne on legal governance issues and financial support for step 2 of the dossier.

"Today we presented the overall progress to allow the new administration to thoroughly assess all aspects of the dossier. There was a great appreciation on the papers presented," she concluded.

The 2024 bids will have to submit the Questionnaire which will be shared with the City Council by the October 7th deadline in order to participate in Stage 2 of the bidding process.

Rome 2024 noted that the meeting was attended by: representatives of the Departments of Transportation and Mobility, Infrastructure Development and Urban Upkeep, Environmental Protection, Schools and Educational Services, Sport Development and Quality of Living, Tourism and Cultural Activities and the Specialised Technical Consultants for Resources for Rome S.P.A. and the Specialised Technical Consultants for Mobility Services.  

Olympic Village

Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) chief Giovanni Malago spoke to the Italian press and noted that the exact place for the Olympic Village has not yet been decided. The bid had originally suggested building it in the Tor Vergata district however the CONI President said that they are flexible to find the right solution.

"If anyone can indicate a different location, we're open to the idea," Malago confirmed.

Rome 2024 President, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, added, "We indicated that location... in agreement with environmentalists.

"We took several factors into account, including the distance between facilities and their possible use after the Olympics on a university campus.

"If we want to change the location, that's fine, we must convince 85 International Olympic Committee members to choose Rome over Los Angeles and Paris," he concluded.

Rome is bidding against Budapest, Paris and Los Angeles to host the Summer Games and the IOC will select their final city in Lima, Peru in September next year.

**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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