Rome - Rome's ill-fated bid to host the 2024 Olympics was definitively
buried on Thursday when the city council voted in favour of the new
mayor's request to withdraw support for it.
Nearly two thirds of councillors backed mayor Virginia Raggi's
position that the cash-strapped city needs to sort out its own problems
before it is in a position to host the Games.
Italy's Olympic committee had already accepted that the bid was dead
in the water and has said a new attempt to get the Games was unlikely
for at least 20 years.
Raggi, a member of the populist Five Star Movement, had made it clear
before she was elected in June that she did not think the Italian
capital should be bidding for the Olympics at a time when its creaking
transport system and other public services are falling apart for lack of
Rome's withdrawal leaves Budapest, Los Angeles and Paris battling for the right to host the 2024 summer games.