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  • Bidding for 2020 - Rome Hopes Head Start Pays Off


    09/02/11

    (ATR) Rome has a head start on the 2020 field in more ways than one.
    CONI is pitching a return to Rome exactly 60 years after its last Summer Games. (Getty Images)

    The first to formally declare its candidacy by more than a year, the capital endured quite the bid process in beating out Venice for the nomination of the Italian National Olympic Committee.

    Its venue plan is well-known, its bid committee well-organized and its government support well-aligned. Prime minister Silvio Berlusconi pledges full federal backing.

    But the mounting debt crisis in Europe means the 1960 host city will have the past on its side but the present in its way.

    Strengths: Memories of 1960 Summer Games, Battle-tested bid from competition with Venice, Strong government support. Experience as international sports host.

    Weaknesses: Mounting debt crisis, No sense of frontierism
    IOC vice president Mario Pescante is leading the way for Rome 2020. (ATR)

    Possible Storylines: A return to Rome

    Leadership: IOC vice president Mario Pescante at the helm, Ernesto Albanese as director and CONI president Gianni Petrucci and secretary general Raffaele Pagnozzi pitching in 

    Past Bids: 2004

    Population: 2.7 million

    Written by
    Matthew Grayson.

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