18 May 2010


Categories: Miscellaneous

Rome, May 19 – between Venice and Rome, the Board of the Italian National Olympic Committee today chose the capital as candidate city for the 2020 Olympic Games. The Board, which had commissioned a panel of experts to study the two bids, chose Rome by 68 votes out of 70, with one abstention and one vote against. Composed of CONI President Gianni Petrucci and Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi, the two Vice Presidents, the Italian IOC members Mario Pescante Franco Carraro and one representative of the National Athletes Commission, the evaluation commission rigorously followed a number of technical assessment criteria based on the IOC evaluation report for the pre-candidatures. Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno and his team are of course rejoicing. Following the application process that the IOC will launch in spring 2011, the host city for the 2020 Olympic Games will be announced in 2013 in Buenos Aires.