POSTED: July 28th 2016
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Olympics: Rome 2024 announces Giorgio Armani, Monica Bellucci, Andrea Bocelli, Roberto Benigni and more as new ambassadors

Milanese fashion designer Giorgio Armani is known the world over and has thrown his support behind the Rome 2024 bid © Getty Images
Milanese fashion designer Giorgio Armani is known the world over and has thrown his support behind the Rome 2024 bid © Getty Images

Italian icons step up to support bringing the Games back to the Eternal City

Actress and model Monica Bellucci's last movie was James Bond's Spectre 007 © Getty Images
Actress and model Monica Bellucci's last movie was James Bond's Spectre 007 © Getty Images

Singer songwriter Andrea Bocelli is one of Italy's most beloved artists © Getty Images
Singer songwriter Andrea Bocelli is one of Italy's most beloved artists © Getty Images

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) An exceptional lineup of seventeen new "Champion" Ambassadors has been announced by the Rome 2024 Bid Committee. The new "Champions" will aid Rome as they seek to win the hosting rights to the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The list of "Champion" Ambassadors is composed of beloved and universally-recognized Italian figures from the business, film, music, fine dining, and art sectors. 

They include Alberica Antinori, Alessandro Benetton, Andrea Agnelli, Andrea Bocelli, Ennio Morricone, Giorgio Armani, Giovanni Ferrero, Giuseppe Tornatore, Guido Barilla, Laura Pausini, Marco Tronchetti, Massimo Bottura, Monica Bellucci, Nerio Alessandri, Paolo Sorrentino, Riccardo Muti, and Roberto Benigni.

They all expressed their pride in Rome being a bid candidate for the 2024 Games and pounced Rome 2024 as, "an opportunity we can't miss out on, and a chance to leave an important legacy for the city and the entire nation."

Illustrious businessman Alberica Antinori, Alessandro Benetton, Andrea Agnelli, Giorgio Armani, Giovanni Ferrero, Guido Barilla, Nerio Alessandri, and Marco Tronchetti together stated, "The Eternal City must be ambitious, as its history is unparalleled and it has played a timeless role in the world of sports. No goal is too high. This is an extraordinary opportunity to highlight our traditions and give the next generation the keys to the future by developing a transparent and low-cost project."

Also stated by the new "Champions" was, "The 1960 Games were extraordinary and revolutionary; they opened a new dimension for the Olympics and transformed the city, rendering it even more beautiful and efficient. 

"Rome's 2024 bid can have a similar effect, putting our capital city and nation back on the global map. 

"The Olympic Games are the ultimate and most significant interpretation of sport - a powerful instrument for social, cultural and urban growth. Rome 2024 is destined to create a new vision for development, one we must pursue without hesitation. We need courage, passion, and optimism."

The announcement is significant as Rome 2024 has accumulated some momentum as excitement spreads from the Italian capital across the entire country. Cities such as Bari, Bologna, Cagliari, Florence, Genoa, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Turin, Udine, and Verona are featured in the bid project. 

"These extraordinary settings heighten the appeal of Rome's bid."

Rome is bidding against Budapest, Paris and Los Angeles to host the summer Games and the IOC will select their choice at the official session in Lima, Peru in September next year.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog www.thepenshockeyshow.com.


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