POSTED: August 5th 2016

Olympics: Legambiente environmentalist group gives support to the Rome 2024 bid

The Tiber River running through the city © Bigstock
The Tiber River running through the city © Bigstock

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Rome 2024 bid has received an endorsement from Legambiente, a leading environmental organization. They gave their full support for Rome's bid efforts saying, "the Olympics would leave a significant inheritance for the city of Rome."

National Vice President for Legambiente, Edoardo Zanchini wants the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to look beyond the 2024 Games and imagine, "an underground transport system for Tor Vergata, railway lines and the renovation of major facilities, such as Flaminio stadium."

Zanchini not only spoke on behalf of Legambiente, he also spoke for other environmental groups that support Rome 2024. Those groups include Italia Nostra, Greenpeace, Lipu, and the World Wildlife Federation (WWF).

"As environmentalists, we've opted for a practical approach, evaluating each individual topic...Our support comes with certain conditions, which the Rome 2024 Bid Committee has been open to from the very beginning," expressed Zanchini.

He outlined specific conditions including, "no construction outside of what is permitted by zoning regulations, as in no authorizing construction in areas not currently authorized."

Also in regard to projects, Zanchini said, "new facilities must be few and useful, but what matters most is that a majority of the facilities included in the project, roughly 80%, already exist, including Flaminio Stadium, which has been abandoned for years with no plans for renovation."

In addition, Zanchini stressed the importance of focusing on the railways, which have gone without renovations for decades. 

He commented, "Rome doesn't have plans for its railways; we don't even know where and when the metro C will stop."

He went on to add, "Necessary projects like the railway network outlined in the Rome 2024 Olympic dossier would change the city, well beyond 2024. Imagine having a single line connecting stations in the suburbs to tourist destinations like St. Peter's and the Stadio Olimpico, and linking these to the underground for a real public transport network."

Rome 2024 continues to grow stronger as the country and city rallies behind them to give the world a unique Olympic Games.

** 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

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