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Italian Parliament votes to back Rome’s bid to host 2024 Olympic Games

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The Italian Parliament has voted to back Rome’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games. Italian Premier Matteo Renzi is a strong supporter of Rome’s candidacy and the Parliament has now thrown its weight behind the bid.

“Today the Italian Parliament adopted, by a large majority, a clear and indisputable position on the candidature of Rome to the Olympic Games of 2024,” read a statement on the bid website. “It is a strong yes, an expression of the popular will, which blows away controversies and gives to the city and the country an important opportunity for economic redemption and the revival of international image.”

The show of support from Parliament is unlikely to quash calls for a public referendum from the small, left-wing movement Radicali Italiani, which cites spiraling costs of recent Olympic Games.

Bid chairman Luca di Montezemolo and Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago have pointed to the nearly unanimous vote in favor of the candidacy by Rome’s city council last year, while an IPSOS poll promoted by the bid committee recently found that three out of four Italians are in favor of the candidacy, out of 2,200 people surveyed.

The German port city of Hamburg dropped out of the 2024 race in November after its bid was defeated in a referendum.

The IOC will select the 2024 host city next year. Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest, Hungary, are the other bidders.

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