Rome mayor tells Venice officials to avoid Olympic spats

Veneto governor came out against the capital

Rome mayor tells Venice officials to avoid Olympic spats

Rome, September 11 - Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino told Venice officials to avoid spats over which Italian city should bid to host the 2024 Olympics. The capital was the first city to step forward after Premier Enrico Letta said at the weekend that the country could consider a bid for the Games. But Lombardy Governor Roberto Maroni said he wants Milan to be Italy's candidate and Luca Zaia, the governor of Veneto, the region around Venice, said "no more Rome" Tuesday when announcing the lagoon city would try for it. Venice wanted to be Italy's candidate for the 2020 Olympics but the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) opted for Rome, only for former Premier Mario Monti to sink the capital's bid last year due to concerns about the cost of holding sport's biggest event. Rome had been one of the favourites to land the 2020 Games, which the International Olympic Committee awarded to Tokyo on Saturday. "I don't approach politics like the conflict of a soccer derby," said Marino. "There are rules. It's necessary to present an application to take part and Rome certainly will, then a committee will decide. "Instead of getting lost in parochial debates between regions and cities, we should unite in this competition between Italy and the rest of the world so that Italy wins. "And I'm sure our country will win".

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