POSTED: September 1st 2016
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Olympics: Italian PM Renzi vows to keep Olympic Dream alive; Raggi faces key Rome city resignations

Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi and Budget Councilor, Marcello Minenna, last week working on balancing the city's budget© Virginia Raggi Facebook
Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi and Budget Councilor, Marcello Minenna, last week working on balancing the city's budget© Virginia Raggi Facebook

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has been busy visiting Amatrice after the devastating earthquake © Matteo Renzi Facebook
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has been busy visiting Amatrice after the devastating earthquake © Matteo Renzi Facebook

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Rome 2024 bid to host the summer Olympic Games is anxiously waiting on a sign of approval from its reluctant mayor, Virginia Raggi. However if she doesn't get behind the Eternal City bid Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi vows that Italy will be back to bid for the 2028 Games with another city.

Renzi spoke out to RTL radio that through his work with the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) he feels that Rome is in the lead and bringing the Games back to the city will infuse money into the local communities.

He said, "But the decision is up to the city and we'll acknowledge it either way. It would be very sad if Rome were to withdraw its candidacy.

"If the city decides no, it means that in 2028 we'll put forward another city," he added.

The next deadline in the bidding process looming in a little over a month on October 7th where bid cities will submit the 2nd part of their Candidature Files dealing with Governance, Legal and Venue Funding.

Raggi is set to meet CONI Presient Giovanni Malago this month but an exact date has not been set as yet and the latest news breaking in Rome is that her plate just got fuller with walkouts of key positions. The new mayor has committed her efforts to improving city services and this just complicated her plans.

Rome city resignations

Adding to the pressure on the Rome Mayor, key personnel for the city walked out last night. ANSA reports that Raggi was blindsided by five key resignations Thursday: her cabinet chief Carla Raineri, budget councilor Marcello Minenna, the two heads of the transport company ANAC Marco Rettighieri and Armando Brandolese, and the head of waste collection company AMA Alessandro Solidoro. 

Raggi told the press, "We are working to pinpoint key people who can contribute to the revitalization of the city. We will not stop."

Italian PM Renzi, whose Democratic Party (PD) candidate lost to 5-Star Movement party candidate Raggi, wouldn't comment on the crisis in his interview with RTL radio.

"I respect the mayor's work. She won, the honors and duties are hers to deal with - I won't say a word about her team - the responsibility and the duty of governing belong to the winner," he concluded.

Raggi will now need to focus on replacements of these positions providing yet another distraction to the Rome Olympic bid.  

**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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