• Rome bid suffers blow as mayor says ‘No’


    ROME: Rome’s bid to host the 2024 summer Olympics was dealt a potentially fatal blow Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) after the city’s mayor, Virginia Raggi, said she would not give her formal backing. Giovanni Malago, the president of Italy’s Olympic Committee (CONI), said last week the committee would abandon its bid to host the Games in the event Raggi refused to give her backing. In an emphatic speech in front of bid supporters, opposition and media in Rome on Wednesday, Raggi was unequivocal. “This is our position: it is irresponsible to say yes to this candidature. We are effectively asking the people of Rome and of Italy to shoulder the debts (accrued by hosting the Games). We just don’t support it,” she told a packed media conference.



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