Italy halts Rome bid for 2024 Olympics
Italy suspended Rome's bid for the 2024 Olympics yesterday, forced to pull the plug because of the staunch opposition of the city's mayor.
Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago said that had written to the IOC announcing the decision to "interrupt the candidacy."
While the letter left open a small possibility for a revival of the bid if there is a change in city government, Malago didn't hold out much hope.
"Today the game is over. But if someone decides that the game isn't over it's not up to us. But today we're ending the game," Malago told The Associated Press after his announcement at a news conference. "That's it."
The move comes after Rome's city council voted last month to withdraw support of the bid on the recommendation of Mayor Virginia Raggi.
"The bid committee is officially liquidated as of today," Malago said. "It's a big wound for us. I hope they realize how bad an impression we've made."
The International Olympic Committee said it had "taken note" of the Italian decision and "will further explore with the candidature committee what this means."
"All the circumstances and the information that we have received in the past days clearly demonstrate that this is about Italian politics only," the IOC said.
Rome's withdrawal leaves only Los Angeles, Paris, and Budapest, Hungary, in the running for the 2024 Games. The IOC will select the host city in September 2017.