Martedì 18 Ottobre 2016 - 11:30

Italian Olympic Committee: 13 million euros were invested in Rome Olympic bid

The city council decided the withdrawal of Rome's candidacy

Italian Olympic Committee: 13 million euros were invested in Rome Olympic bid

The chairman of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) said on Tuesday that almost 13 million euros were invested into Rome's bid for the 2024 Olympics, adding that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is now wary of Italy and its politics. "It is all over, nothing can change anymore, we are at the end of the road", chairman Giovanni Malagò said in a radio interview with Radio 24. "For our candidacy bid we spent almost 13 million euros, which is money that we won't see again", Malagò said. "We had a plan B, which was carrying on with the bid despite the city council's decisions, but we scrapped it", he added. "I hoped until the end", Malagò then admitted, adding: "I didn't cry, but I was very moved" after the bid was dropped. After the withdrawal of Rome's candidacy "the IOC has become wary of Italian politics", Malagò then said, adding that "this compromises any other bid from us", even if "our relationship with president Thomas Bach were not affected".

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