Italian Olympic Officials Choose Milan For 2024 Olympics Bid Ahead Of 'Bankrupt' Rome
Italian Olympic officials on Thursday ruled Rome out as a candidate to bid for the 2024 Olympic Games because the city is "on the brink of bankruptcy," according to the AFP. Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino said that "earlier this week the state of the capital's finances would make such a bid virtually impossible." Ahead of a meeting in Milan, where officials from the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) discussed a possible bid for '24, Lombardy region President Roberto Maroni said that Milan, Lombardy's principal and most prosperous city, "remains the only possible candidate." After the meeting, officals "appeared to lean" toward a bid from Milan (AFP, 10/3).