|Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi.|| |
(ATR) Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi is pledging more support to help spread the word in Italy about the 2006 Turin Olympics. The Italian leader also says the government will guarantee the 180 million euros still needed for the Winter Games budget.
Berlusconi met for about 60 minutes with International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge at the Palazzo Chigi in Rome. Rogge had sought the meeting to press the case for more help from the Italian government for the Turin Olympics.
In a press conference afterwards the IOC President says he asked Berlusconi for "better communication throughout Italy" to promote the 2006 Games.
Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, who has followed the Turin Olympics on behalf of the government since he was a junior minister, says Rogge's requests would be "translated into concrete actions by the government."
More on the meeting and other news involving the Turin Olympics in the October 22 issue of Around the Rings.Com, for subscribers only.
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