Rome 2024 President Luca Di Montezemolo claimed that 70 per cent of the facilities required to host the Games were already in place.

Today’s news marks the second time one of the five original 2024 contenders has withdrawn after Hamburg’s bid was axed following a referendum defeat.

Citizens in the German city voted 51.6 percent against during a public ballot in November.

Boston dropped its bid amid poor public support in the city with Los Angeles then chosen as the American replacement.