Rome 2024 bid all but over as mayor says 'No'

In an emphatic speech on September 21, 2016, new Rome mayor Virginia Raggi refused to give formal backing to the city's Olympic bid, citing debt and cash-flow issuesRome’s bid to host the 2024 summer Olympics was dealt a potentially fatal blow on Wednesday after the city mayor refused to give her formal backing. Giovanni Malago, president of Italy’s Olympic Committee (CONI), said last week the organisation would abandon its bid to host the Games in the event Virginia Raggi said no. In an emphatic speech in front of bid supporters, opposition and media in Rome, the mayor was unequivocal.

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