Raggi maintains her opposition to Olympic 2024 bid

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New Rome's Mayor Virginia Raggi of the 5-Star Movement waves at the end of a press conference in Rome, early Monday, June 20, 2016, soon after being elected. An anti-establishment newcomer, capitalizing on anger over political corruption and deteriorating city services, Raggi trounced Premier Matteo Renzi's candidate in Rome's mayoral runoff Sunday to become the first woman to head City Hall in the Italian capital. (Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP)

New Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi has viwed to maintain her view of opposing the bid for 2024 Olympics because she feels the that Olympics should not be a priority for the Romans as they are already under heavy debt and can’t make such a move which involves further debt for the people.

“My position isn’t changing. Right now it’s really not a priority for Romans,” Virginia Raggi told Euronews on Wednesday in her first interview since being elected.

“Already with 13 billion euros ($15 billion) in debt, Rome can’t permit taking on more debt to make cathedrals in the desert,” she said.

“My ‘no’ is very clear. It starts with the numbers,” she said. “Historical data from the Olympics — discounting eventual episodes of corruption — shows us that the costs are not sustainable. Other cities have already withdrawn their bids for these reasons. And I don’t think they were thinking about corruption or Mafia infiltrations.”

Representing the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, the 37 year old Raggi won a runoff Sunday to become Rome’s first and youngest female mayor.

Virginia Raggi

Previous Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino officially submitted Rome’s 2024 bid to the International Olympic Committee last year after a city council vote showed vast support.

The other 2024 bidders are Budapest, Hungary; Los Angeles; and Paris. The IOC will select the host city in September 2017.

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