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Rome Is Out – Budapest And Two More Cities Are In The “Game Of Towns” Of 2024 Olympic Bid

Robert Velkey 2016.09.21.

“The Eternal City” of Rome backtracked of its bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games. Rome’s new mayor, Virginia Raggi, has decided to withdraw the city’s backing for a bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games in the Italian capital, a city hall official said on Wednesday, according to reuters.com

The decision, to be announced later on Wednesday, effectively sinks Rome’s bid. There are three more candidate cities in the competition: “The City of Love”, Paris; “The City of Dreams”, Los Angeles and the “Heart of Europe”, Budapest.

Newly elected mayor of Rome, Five Star Movement's candidate Virginia Raggi, gives a press conference after winning the mayoral election on June 19, 2016 at her campaign headquarters in Rome. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI / AFP / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

Bidding for the games started in 2015, with five candidate cities in contention. Hamburg withdrew their bid on account of a referendum held on November 29, 2015. Budapest is contending to host the 2024 Summer Olympics alongside Los Angeles, Paris. The final decision will be made at the 130th International Olympic Committee Session in Lima, Peru, in September 2017.

via: index.hu; wikipedia.hu; reuters.com;

photos: Tiziana Fabi / AFP; nemzetisport.hu