POSTED: August 16th 2016

Olympics: Rome 2024 and Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa gathered for meeting in Rio

(L-R) Simone Perillo; President Lassana Palenfo; Elio Locatelli; and Fiona May © Rome 2024
(L-R) Simone Perillo; President Lassana Palenfo; Elio Locatelli; and Fiona May © Rome 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) While enjoying the Rio 2016 Games, the Rome 2024 Olympic Bid Committee delegation had the opportunity to meet with the President of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), General Lassana Palenfo. They gathered in the House Africa, the Hospitality house in Barra da Tjiuca, which promotes and represents cultures and sports of the African continent.

Rome is bidding against Paris, Budapest and Los Angeles to host the 2024 summer Games.

The Rome 2024 delegation, headed by the President of the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI), Giovanni Malago, included Rome 2024 General Coordinator, Diana Bianchedi; Athletes Relations Manager, Fiona May; CONI representatives for African relations, Elio Locatelli; and International Relations Manager, Simone Perillo. They presented Rome 2024's leading assets and vision, while conveying that they will deliver a message of openness and welcoming as it falls in line with the Olympic values.

"We have been honored to attend this meeting with our friend Lassana Palenfo and his team...We are proud to see how strong and solid are the relations that exist between Italy and the African Countries. We share the same values on sports and education, I believe Africa fully deserves having a prominent role for the future of the Olympic movement," expressed President Malago.

Also, Rome 1960 Ethiopian Olympic champion, Abebe Bikila was remembered during their meeting for his astonishing victory.

The IOC will vote on their final host city in September 2017 at the Lima, Peru session.  

** 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

Keywords · Rome 2024 · CONI · ANOCA · Africa · Lassana Palenfo · Giovanni Malago · Olympics · Olympic bidding

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