POSTED: October 18th 2016

Olympics: Rome 2024 suspended and IOC President Bach brings clarity to the situation

IOC President Thomas Bach at the Vatican seminar on sport and society in Rome on October 5, 2016 © Getty Images
IOC President Thomas Bach at the Vatican seminar on sport and society in Rome on October 5, 2016 © Getty Images

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The bidding race for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games has been full of ups and downs since the race began. The latest development has been the exit of the Rome 2024 bid.

Rome 2024's has been officially suspended after Rome Mayor, Virginia Raggi expressed her opposition to the bid. Raggi hosted a press conference to publicly announce her non-support for the Games. She stated that it would be financially "irresponsible" for the city to pursue the Games and would leave the Italian capital indebted. This came as a shock to many, including International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach.

President Bach expressed his thoughts in a letter he sent to the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) President, Giovanni Malago, and underlined the fate of the Eternal City bid.

He wrote, "The IOC has taken note of the withdrawal of the Candidature of Rome for the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad, following the vote of the City Council," Bach wrote, with the letter published on the CONI website. Based on the information we have received over the last few days, it has been clearly demonstrated that the City Council's decision was politically motivated for reasons beyond the Olympic project.

He continued stating, "The IOC is fully aware that this was a very difficult decision for CONI to take, enjoying support for the candidature from all other levels of Government and the people of Rome and Italy."

"I would like to thank CONI and the Candidature Committee for their outstanding work which resulted in an excellent project for a sustainable, feasible and transparent candidature in the line with Olympic Agenda 2020. There is no doubt that this project would have left a positive and sustainable legacy for the City of Rome and the Lazio Region, to which the IOC would have contributed with an investment of about US$1.7 billion," wrote President Bach.

President Bach also stated that they will "continue to work closely with CONI to promote and develop Olympic sport in Italy."

The host city for the 2024 summer Games will be chosen at the IOC's Session on September 13, 2017, in Lima, Peru.

** 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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