After Olympics snub, Rome mayor embraces Euros

“Hosting such an critical general sports eventuality in Rome is an honour,” Raggi pronounced during a display of a central Euro 2020 trademark in Rome on Thursday.

The contest is being staged in 13 cities opposite Europe to symbol a 60th anniversary of a competition, with a semi-finals and final to take place during London’s Wembley Stadium.

Rome will theatre 4 Euro matches – 3 from a organisation stages and a quarter-final.

“These matches will have a poignant mercantile impact on a city and a inhabitants,” combined Raggi.

Sitting tighten to a mayor was Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) boss Giovanni Malago, who on Wednesday lambasted her after she delivered an undeniable no to his efforts to bid for a 2024 Olympic Games.

Rome did not need “more white elephants”, Raggi had said, and highlighted a arching deficits of former Olympic horde cities.

‘Rome is capable’

After years of mismanagement of a Eternal City, putting on an Olympics is not tip of Raggi’s list of priorities.

With Rome’s Olympic dream now effectively over, Malago on Thursday gave CONI’s full support for Euro 2020.

“The Italian Olympic Committee is during a use of all a (sports) federations and all sporting events,” he said.

The CONI boss had kissed Raggi’s palm as they met on Thursday, though with a staid demeanour on his face, he added: “We are celebrated to uncover that Rome is able of hosting and organizing vital general sporting events.”

Aleksander Ceferin, a newly inaugurated arch of European football’s ruling physique UEFA, hailed a Italian collateral as carrying “a abounding tradition and story and binds an critical place in football”.

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