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21 Jan 2016
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Prime Minister of Italy highlights Rome 2024 candidature during visit to IOC

IOC President Thomas Bach today welcomed the Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi, to the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, where they discussed the candidature of Rome to host the Olympic Games 2024. The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Rome 2024 Candidature Team.

President Bach welcomed the candidature, saying that it is a strong combination of tradition and innovation. “We wish Rome’s candidature the very best,” he said. “It brings together Rome’s great history and its great Olympic history while addressing the Olympic Agenda 2020 principles of sustainability and legacy.”

The reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020 for the candidature process aim to introduce more flexibility and diversity in the competition, with a strong focus on sustainability and legacy as top priorities for the Candidate Cities of Los Angeles (USA), Rome (Italy), Budapest (Hungary) and Paris (France). President Bach added that with such a strong field, the candidature process for the Olympic Games 2024 would be a fascinating contest.

Prime Minister Renzi, who was visiting the IOC Headquarters for the first time, highlighted that Rome’s candidature enjoys strong public support. “The time is right for a strong candidature. Already now Rome 2024 represents a great investment in the future of the country. It will link our past with our future.”

The delegation was led by NOC President Giovanni Malagò and Rome 2024 President Luca di Montezemolo. They were accompanied by IOC Members in Italy Mario Pescante,  Franco Carraro and Ottavio Cinquanta, as well as ASOIF president Francesco Ricci Bitti and a number of Italian Olympians and Paralympians.

It was the third visit by a Head of State or Head of Government to the IOC related to the 2024 candidature process. Before Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary, and François Hollande, President of France, have already visited the IOC. 

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