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  • IOC President Books Rome 2024 Meeting in Switzerland


    Rome 2024 announced its intention to bid last month. (Getty Images)
    (ATR) IOC president Thomas Bach will meet with Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi and CONI chief Giovanni Malago next week to talk about Rome's 2024 Olympic bid.

    An Italian Olympic committee spokesman tells Around the Rings the meeting, the first between Bach and Renzi, is taking place in Davos, Switzerland.

    Davos is about 375 kilometers from Bach's office at IOC headquarters in Lausanne.

    News of the talks emerged from a meeting of the CONI council in Rome on Tuesday.

    On Jan. 26, the CONI president will meet Rome mayor Ignazio Marino to discuss the city's Olympic ambitions.
    CONI will communicate the leadership of Rome 2024 after this meeting.

    Rumors are circulating that former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo could be in line to chair the bid. The former Ferrari is an executive with Alitalia-Etihad and was briefly head of the Rome 2020 bid before its dissolution.

    Another name to keep in mind is former prime minister Franco Frattini, a source tells Around the Rings. Frattini played a role in the 2006 Turin Olympics, the last Games staged on Italian soil.

    A CONI spokesperson dismissed the speculation, saying no names were even raised at today's council meeting.

    What is known is that CONI plans to form a bid committee which makes use of all CONI's heavyweight officials and expertise. Some of these members will bring experience from Rome's failed 2020 bid campaign.

    Rome hosted the Summer Olympics in 1960.

    Boston has confirmed it will bid for the 2024 Olympics with additional bids possible from Paris, Germany, Doha and South Africa, among others.

    Written by Mark Bisson

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