Rome to take of its bit for 2024 Olympics

Rome to take of its bit for 2024 OlympicsNew Rome mayor Virginia Raggi is set to withdraw the Italian capital's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games.

A city hall official confirmed Raggi's intention to reject the bid on Wednesday morning, Reuters reported.

Giovanni Malago, the president of Italy's Olympic Committee, said last week the bid would fail without the city council's backing.

Raggi had continually repeated in her election campaign that the Games were not a priority for the Eternal City, a stance shared by the leader of the Five Star Movement, Beppe Grillo. Raggi made it clear she does not regard the Olympic bid a good idea for the cash-strapped city, but stopped short of saying she will not back it and had previously suggested holding a referendum to decide whether to host the games.

Prime Minister Renzi has deplored the party's stand, and dismissed their contention that the money use to host the Games could be better spent.

Rome, which last hosted the Olympics in 1960, had been one of four candidates to host the Olympics in 2024 along with Paris, Budapest and Los Angeles. The quartet must submit the second part of their candidacy by October 7th.
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