Italy's Olympic Committee chief Giovanni Malago reacts at the end of his speech during a news conference in Rome, Italy, October 11, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Italy suspended Rome's bid for the 2024 Olympics Tuesday, forced to pull the plug due to staunch opposition from the city's mayor.The IOC will select the host city in September 2017 .It's also the second time in four years that a Rome bid has been withdrawn or suspended. In 2012, then-premier Mario Monti scrapped the city's bid for the 2020 Olympics because of financial concerns.Raggi, who represents the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, said that taking on the costs of an Olympic bid is "irresponsible" for a city struggling to emerge from years of corruption and poor public services.While Raggi wrote a letter to the IOC last month, IOC rules state that only the national Olympic committee can withdraw a candidacy.Malago compared Rome's situation to Vancouver's withdrawal six months before the 1980 Winter Games were awarded to Lake Placid in 1976 .Four cities withdrew during the bidding for the 2022 Winter Games, leaving only two candidates in the field.
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