IOC chief Bach notes ‘po­lit­i­cal’ rea­sons for Rome with­drawal

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

IOC Pres­i­dent Thomas Bach has taken note of the “po­lit­i­cal rea­sons” be­hind the with­drawal of Rome’s bid for the 2024 Olympics.

The Ital­ian Olympic Com­mit­tee (CONI) re­leased a let­ter from Bach to CONI pres­i­dent Gio­vanni Malago that re­ferred to the city coun­cil’s vote against the bid fol­low­ing staunch op­po­si­tion from Mayor Vir­ginia Raggi.

Bach wrote that “it has been clearly demon­strated that the city coun­cil’s de­ci­sion was po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated for rea­sons be­yond the Olympic project.”

Bach added: “Please rest as­sured that the ex­cel­lent re­la­tions be­tween the IOC and CONI will not be af­fected by this de­ci­sion.”

Rome’s with­drawal leaves Los An­ge­les, Paris, and Bu­dapest, Hun­gary, in the run­ning for the 2024 Games. The IOC will select the host city in Septem­ber 2017.

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