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Rome Olympics chief calls on new mayor to back bid

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Rome Olympics chief calls on new mayor to back bid
Giovanni Malago has aked Virginia Raggi to back the campaign to bring the 2024 Olympics to Rome. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

Giovanni Malago, the president of Rome's Olympic bid, has called on new mayor Virginia Raggi to work with him on the campaign to bring the 2024 Games to the Eternal City.

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Raggi, who was elected on Sunday, said during the campaign that she did not regard the bid as a priority for the cash-strapped capital.
   
But with the attempt to secure the Games strongly backed by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, she has stopped short of saying she will withdraw City Hall support for it.
   
"The fact we are dealing with a new person in charge of the City does not change our plans," Malago said Tuesday on a visit to Juventus's new medical facilities, the Gazzetta dello Sport website reported.
   
"Ask her what she intends doing. Me, I'm simply inviting her to be loyal and collaborate."
   
Raggi won Sunday's election with over two thirds of the votes cast on the ticket of the populist Five Star Movement.
   
Her comments about the Olympic bid have been attacked by rival politicians as undermining Rome's chances in its battle with Budapest, Los Angeles and Paris.

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