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Rome To Become Italy’s 2016 Olympic Bid Candidate

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Giovanna Melandri, Italy’s Sports Minister, said Tuesday that Rome will be Italy’s candidate for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Melandri said that following the success of the Turin 2006 Winter Games Italy knows it has all it needs to host large events, adding that Rome will be as successful as Turin.

Melandri’s announcement confirms contacts Rome’s Mayor Walter Veltroni made with businessmen and politicians in Italy trying to get their support for Rome’s 2016 bid.

On July 11 Veltroni withdrew Rome’s bid as Italy’s candidate, saying that in his opinion the conditions were not right for a Rome bid at this time.

Melandri said that on Wednesday they will present two motions in Parliament in support of Rome’s candidacy, adding it wouldn’t be easy to beat the competition, but not impossible. Write or read comments about this article

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