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"The decision represents a blow to the International Olympic Committee, which has already seen Boston and Hamburg abandon their 2024 bids, and is struggling to convince potential host cities that it is worth putting on the sporting extravaganza. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi had championed Rome's challenge, but he needed the backing of the city council to press ahead. Raggi's decision means only Paris, Los Angeles and Budapest are left in the running to stage the 2024 games.", www.sbs.com.au
"Raggi, who was elected in June representing the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, campaigned with the message that an Olympic bid was unsustainable for a city struggling to emerge from years of corruption and poor public services. The Rome bid was approved by the city assembly last year with 38 votes in favor and only six against — meaning Raggi may have to put the issue up for another vote to officially end the candidacy. A budget of 24 million euros ($27 million) has already been allotted — much of it spent — to the bid committee, even though candidacy head Luca Cordero di Montezemolo has no salary. The bid is slated to be centered around Rome's historic monuments: a cycling sprint alongside the Roman Forum, beach volleyball at the Circus Maximus and the marathon passing through St. Peter's Square and finishing under the Arch of Constantine. The bid is based on three clusters: the existing Stadio Olimpico and surrounding Foro Italico complex for", www.timesunion.com
"From Yahoo Sports Singapore: New Rome mayor Virginia Raggi is set to announce Wednesday whether she supports the Italian capital's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games. Giovanni Malago, the president of Italy's Olympic Committee, said last week the committee would abandon its bid to have Rome host the Games should it not get the Raggi's backing. Raggi has made it clear she does not regard the Olympic bid a good idea for the cash-strapped city, but has stopped short of saying she will not back it.", sg.sports.yahoo.com
"ROME (AP) — Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi, who has long opposed the city's bid to host the 2024 Olympics, will announce her decision on the candidacy on Wednesday. Raggi, who was elected in June representing the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, has maintained that an Olympic bid is unsustainable for a city struggling to emerge from years of corruption and poor public services. The bid is slated to be centered around Rome's historic monuments: a cycling sprint alongside the Roman Forum, beach volleyball at the Circus Maximus and the marathon passing through St. Peter's Square and finishing under the Arch of Constantine. The bid is based on three clusters: the existing Stadio Olimpico and surrounding Foro Italico complex for athletics and swimming; the Fiera convention center near the airport for indoor sports; and an athletes village and multi-sports arena at the Tor Vergata University on the city's outskirts. The reforms were aimed at avoiding a repeat of", www.sfchronicle.com
"ROME, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi will withdraw the city's backing for a bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games in the Italian capital, a city hall official said on Wednesday. Raggi's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, which took control of Rome in June, had always expressed", sports.yahoo.com
"Rome’s first female mayor is under threat after a catalogue of errors have dogged her first few months in office, leading to rumours she may be forced to resign. Virginia Raggi was swept into office in June on a ticket of transparency and anti-corruption, part of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement founded in 2009 by comedian Beppe Grillo. The 38-year-old lawyer, who has virtually no political experience, was handed the keys to the city with a promise to clean up the physical and moral filth of Rome. ", www.independent.co.uk
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