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Rome 2024 Olympic Bid Is Ready Chief Says At Launch Ceremony

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Imagine the Olympic marathon, beach volleyball and archery competitions staged at Ancient Roman sites such as the avenue leading up to the Colosseum, the Imperial Fora and the Circus Maximus.  That’s what Rome’s 2024 Olympic Games bid is proposing as part of its ambitious plans submitted to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Wednesday. Phase 1 […]

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I really dislike the "We're so ready we could host tomorrow" card that is trumped out by cities. Its brazen, shows arrogance, and underestimates the complexity of organising an Olympic-magnitude event in the 21st century. It even irritates me when its wheeled out every few years by politicians in Melbourne. Rome, like Melbourne (and Los Angeles) would need years just like any other city to appropriately prepare.

Rome should also be careful of using this card with respect to fellow competitors in its cohort like Paris and especially Los Angeles that are both logistically better placed to stage the Games than decrepit Rome.

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