Those Italians who thought that 2024 Olympics might be held in Italy have bad news coming their way. According to recent news reports, Italy’s Olympic Committee has decided to officially withdraw itself from the race to host the 2024 Olympic Games in Rome. This final decision was taken after its council decided not to support for Rome to be in the reckoning to host the Games in 2024. This was stated on Tuesday by Giovanni Malago who heads Italy’s Olympic Committee.
Malago, who was for hosting the games in Rome, seems to be extremely upset at the decision of having to pull out. He said that this late stage pullout projects a very poor and “stupid” image of Italy. For Malago, this pulls out from the games has allowed Italy to miss a “golden opportunity” to get much needed foreign investment.
Italy’s Olympic chief while briefing the press said that he had notified through a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) about their decision of not to be in the race for the 2024 Olympics. In the press briefing, Malago showed his anger and disappointment that Italy’s image being badly hit for having to withdraw from the upcoming 2024 Olympics. He started off by saying, “Do you realise what fools we have made of ourselves…”
The mayor of the city of Rome Virginia Raggi was from the beginning opposed the idea of Malago supporting the bid to host the games in the city. According to her hosting this sporting extravaganza would push Italy into huge debts Raggi, after coming to power, has repeatedly maintained that there are more pressing commitments for Rome than to host the 2024 Olympics. She came to power after a landslide victory in the local elections in June. Her 5-star anti-establishment movement had a lot of takers in Rome.
However, the Italian government headed by its Prime Minister Matteo Renzi along with the broader Rome municipality which is a congregation of a wide range of small town councils did support the move for bidding to host the Games in 2024. It was seen as an attempt to bypass the veto given by the Roman Mayor.
It is pertinent to note that Malago in his recent meeting with the Olympics chiefs last week said that he was not going to go ahead without the full support of the main city council of Rome.
Malago in the press briefing further added he couldn’t do anything more to what they have done already. He announced that the current situation is that the Olympics bid committee is “officially liquidated”.
IOC, commenting on the recent developments, said that the recent developments reflect the state of affairs in Italian Politics.