The Rome 2024 bid committee announced Monday that Eni, an integrated energy company engaged in research and in the production, transportation, transformation and sale of oil and natural gas, has become the main partner of Rome’s bid for the 2024 Olympic bid.
Eni joins Rome 2024’s list of main partners including other leading companies such as Etihad Airways-Alitalia, Bni and UnipolSai, in support of Rome’s bid.
The group is confident in winning the tender if the country works together as a united front.
Eni believes that sport is a universal language that draws people together and is a tool to create common ground among diverse cultures and to instill in future generations the value of a healthy lifestyle and respect for the rules.
The Rome Olympic bid faces an uphill battle to remain viable in the Olympic bid race for the 2024 Games. Last month a new mayor, Virginia Raggi, was elected on a platform that opposed any bid for the Games. Instead, she said, municipal funds should be spent on more fundamental projects such as road repairs and other infrastructure.
Raggi remains open but undecided but the International Olympic Committee will require here endorsement on a report due October 7 before the bid can move forward to the next and final phase.
Rome is bidding for the 2024 Games along with Los Angles, Budapest and Paris. A decision on the host city will be made by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in September 2017.