Rome considers bid for 2024 Olympics

Italy's foreign minister has said that attracting foreign investment is a priority and that hosting the Olympics in 2024 can fulfill this objective.

Last updated on Saturday, 11 January, 2014 10:39 IST
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Rome: Rome would be chosen by Italy to bid for the 2024 Olympic Games, the Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said here.

Bonino Friday mentioned "Italy's possible candidacy to host the 2024 Olympic Games" as one of the major upcoming events in the country offering important investment potential, Xinhua reported.

Later on the same day, the foreign ministry confirmed to Xinhua that "according to Bonino, Italy's capital Rome would be the city chosen for the possible candidacy."

Bonino made the remarks as she addressed heads of multinationals and investment funds gathered for the International Business Advisory Council (IBAC) 2014 in Rome.

Attracting foreign investment was a "priority" of the Italian coalition government, she highlighted.

In 2012, Rome was forced to drop its bid for the 2020 Olympic Games following the then Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti's announcement that it would not be "wise" for his emergency government to make such a financial commitment in times of deep economic crisis.

Story first published on: Saturday, 11 January 2014 10:36 IST

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