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Rome has pulled the plug on the city’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games. Rome’s new mayor, Virginia Raggi has decided to oppose the city’s bid to host the Olympics, saying hosting the Summer Games would bury the Italian capital under mountains of debt and tonnes of cement.

The decision represents a blow to the International Olympic Committee, which has already seen Boston and Hamburg abandon their 2024 bids and is struggling to convince potential host cities that it is worth putting on the sporting extravaganza.

Raggi’s decision means only Paris, Los Angeles and Budapest are left in the running to stage the 2024 Games. Rome had also bid to host the 2020 Games, but then-Prime Minister Mario Monti withdrew due to concerns over Italy’s finances.

Brazil spent about $12 billion on the Rio Games last month which proved a sporting success but was spoiled by complaints over budget overruns and infrastructure delays.

About the author

Jade Webster

Jade Webster

Jade Webster has rejoined the Cayman 27 Team as Sports Reporter/ Producer in August 2016. Jade has a background in News and has developed a passion for Sports while covering international Games. Jade was one of 35 Young Reporters selected worldwide to be apart of the Young Reporters Programme by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the Second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. She was awarded the 'Best IOC Young Reporter', and went on to cover the Second Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lilehammer, Norway. Jade was also selected as a Young Reporter in 2015 to cover the Toronto Pan American Games, where she was awarded a Hockey Stick for her hard-work and dedication. Jade was the Press Officer for the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. She graduated with honors in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Florida

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