Rome 2024 To Travel To Lausanne for Two-Day Meeting

The Roman Colosseum could be used for the medals plaza at a Rome 2024 Olympic Games (Wikipedia Photo)

The Roman Colosseum could be used for the medals plaza at a Rome 2024 Olympic Games (Wikipedia Photo)

A Rome 2024 delegation is scheduled to meet Wednesday in Lausanne with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The delegation includes Claudio De Vincenti, undersecretary at the Council of Ministries, Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino and director general of the Rome 2024 committee Claudio Bugno.

During a two-day meeting to clarify all the elements of the bid, the delegation will put forward their arguments for a 2024 bid.

The delegation also includes economic stakeholders and sport representatives backing Rome’s bid.

The meeting allows bid cities to present their social, economic and sports requirements, as well as legacy and other expectations.

Last year the IOC approved a wide range of reforms packaged as Agenda 2020, including various changes to the bid process.  Among those was the implementation of an “invitation stage” that would run from January to September 2015 and allow interested cities to have an open, constructive dialogue with the IOC without any commitment to apply.

The meeting will begin with a brief speech by IOC President Thomas Bach, followed by words from Mr. De Vincentoi and Mr. Mario.  There will then be a session for committee representatives who will explain the candidature process and technicalities of the Games’ organization.

The Italian delegation will also focus on the work of its committee and highlight advantages of holding the Games in Rome, ending with a question and answer session with International Committee executives.

Rome bid for the 2020 Olympic Games but was forced to pull out of the race when the Italian Prime Minister refused to underwrite the project during an economic crisis.

Rome was the first city to declare its 2024 candidacy from among Paris, Hamburg, Boston and Budapest.  Baku is also expected to bid and Toronto has been rumored to have interest.  The deadline to apply is September 2015 and the IOC will elect a winner in 2017.