Earlier, Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) President Giovanni Malagò had warned Raggi not be “prejudice” against the city’s campaign.

“For the bid, we need the okay of the city, CONI and the Government,” he told Italian news agency ANSA.

“If one of these goes the bid will fail.

“It’s true there are other priorities but you shouldn’t have prejudices against the bid.”

Italian officials are currently proceeding with preparations for the bid assuming that they will continue in a race which also includes Budapest, Los Angeles and Paris.

“The [arrival of a] new partner at the city of Rome doesn’t change our plans,” Malagò said.

“Ask her what she intends to do.

“I only call on her to be honest and cooperate.

“Our only interest is to support the bid.

“The new Mayor came to CONI [headquarters] before the elections.

“It didn’t seem that there was a clear no and we don’t think there should be one.”

A decision on which city will host the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics is due to be made by the International Olympic Committee at its Session in Lima in September 2017.

By Duncan Mackay

Republished with permission from insidethegames.biz