For the second year, GamesBids.com is releasing our list of Top Ten Olympic Bid Stories for 2009. These stories, from the mainstream to the obscure, impacted the course of Olympic bids and formed an interesting plotline for 2009.
#8 – Too Many Cheesy Bidders In Italy
In November, Bari, Italy submitted a bid for the Italian nomination to host the 2020 Olympic Games only to have it rejected just hours later.
Italy’s Olympic Committee (CONI) President Gianni Petrucci criticized the bid because it had not followed the proper procedures.
He said, “this doesn’t look good abroad. It’s not enough just to hold a news conference to put yourselves forward for an Olympics. There are as many Italian cities bidding as there are pizzas in Naples”.
The pizza remark quickly resonated across the Internet and became widely popular on Twitter.
Rome and Venice both submitted applications just prior to Bari’s and CONI will select one to move forward with.
Story #7, which may involve you, will be released later.
A senior producer and award-winning journalist covering Olympic bid business as founder of GamesBids.com as well as providing freelance support for print and Web publications around the world. Robert Livingstone is a member of the Olympic Journalists Association and the International Society of Olympic Historians.