Rome bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics

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Bids for the
2020 (2020) Summer Olympics
Games of the XXXII Olympiad
Rome 2020 Olympic bid logo.svg
Rome2020 bid-slogan 03.svg
CityRome, Italy
ChairMario Pescante
NOCItalian National Olympic Committee (CONI)
Previous Games hosted
1960 Summer Olympics

Rome 2020 (Italian: Roma 2020) was a proposed bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics by the city of Rome and the Italian National Olympic Committee.[1] Rome previously hosted the 1960 Summer Olympics. The bid was withdrawn due to the lack of support from the Italian government.[2]


Via Veneto as seen at night

The Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) announced the selection of Rome as Italy's candidate on May 19, 2010.[3] Rome beat out Venice to be selected as CONI's bidding city for 2020. CONI did not select Venice because it was deemed unable to fulfill requirements set by the IOC for hosting the games. Among others, it relied too heavily on venues outside the city, including in Treviso and Padua.[3] The initial Rome proposal included a $61 million bid budget and utilizing 70 percent of existing venues.[3]

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, who ran the 1990 FIFA World Cup, was asked to lead the bid committee,[4] but turned the offer down. Entrepreneur Nerio Alessandri was also offered the job but declined.[5] IOC vice president Mario Pescante was chosen instead.[6] His appointment was cleared by the IOC Ethics Committee, which found no conflict of interest.[7] In an interview with media outlet Around the Rings, Pescante also acknowledged competition from other potential bid cities, particularly emphasizing Tokyo's bid.[7]

In a September 2011 interview, IOC President Jacques Rogge defended Rome and Madrid's ability to host the games in spite of the current eurozone debt crisis. He said that both cities already have a lot of venues in place and not much would need to be built. He continued by saying that at the very most some venues would need upgrades and that both cities had the needed infrastructure to host the games.[8] Rome's bid was given full backing by the Italian government on February 22, 2011.[5][9] The bid had been initially a €31 Million budget. The bid's Chairman Mario Pescante stated that he hopes that Rome's bid can serve as "a blueprint for a return to fiscal responsibility and real sustainability in the Olympic bidding process".[10]

On October 3, 2011, Rome 2020 announced that they hired marketing firm Helios Partners as a consultant for their bid. They have assisted in the successful bids of several Olympic host cities.[11] Two months after Rome withdrew their bid Helios Partners was signed as a consultant to Baku's 2020 bid.[12] On October 11, 2011 the bid committee hired Coni Servizi Engineering and Consulting as their lead technical partner. They will assist the bid committee with their venue master plan.[13][14]

In November 2011, “GiovaniRoma2020” (YouthRome2020) was launched to help promote the bid as well as promoting youth olympic education.[15] The following month the bid received the country's environment ministry. Environment Minister Corrado Clini stated that the bid being environmentally sustainable would help to boost the bid.[16] The bid also received the support of the Italy's Chamber of Deputies.[17]

In January 2012, the Rome 2020 bid committee estimated that the cost of organizing the games would be €9.8 Billion and would result in €17.7 Billion (1.4% Increase) in Italian GDP growth. It would also create 29,000 jobs. €4.6 Billion would be the public cost and hosting the games would bring in €4.6 Billion in tax revenue. As of January 2012, the bid enjoys high public support amongst Italians. 74% of Italian citizens support the bid while 77% of Rome residents support the bid. Of those who supported the bid, 70% of those polled supported the bid because it would create economic benefits and jobs.[18]

On February 14, 2012 the Italian Prime Minister, Mario Monti called an end to the bid, citing uncertain costs and unknown financial benefit. The announcement came a day before the deadline for applicant cities to submit the application files.[19]

Outlook, Conclusion and Future[edit]

Since the bid was abandoned, there has been talk about Rome potentially bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympics.[20][21][22]

Tokyo was ultimately elected as the host city of the 2020 Summer Olympics at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Previous bids[edit]

Rome first bid for the 1908 Summer Olympics and was ultimately awarded the games. However the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 1906 forced Italy to return the hosting rights to the IOC. The IOC transferred the 1908 Games to London. Rome later bid for the 1924 Summer Olympics but lost to Paris. They then bid for the 1936 Games but lost to Berlin. They bid for the 1944 Summer Olympics which were awarded to London, then cancelled due to World War II. Rome successfully bid for the 1960 Summer Olympics.

The city had previously bid for the 2004 Summer Olympics, where it was shortlisted as a candidate city but lost to Athens in the final round of voting.

Previous bids from other Italian cities[edit]

Milan bid for the 1908 Summer Olympics but was defeated by London and also for 2000 Summer Olympics but then withdrew eventually.

Italy has made multiple bids for the Winter Olympics. Cortina d'Ampezzo successfully bid for the 1944 Winter Olympics but these games were cancelled due to World War II. Cortina d'Ampezzo bid for the 1952 Winter Olympics but lost to Oslo. They successfully bid to host the 1956 Winter Olympics. They later bid for the 1988 and 1992 Winter Games but lost to Calgary and Albertville respectively. Aosta bid for the 1998 Winter Olympics but lost to Nagano. Tarvisio bid for the 2002 Winter Olympics but failed to become a candidate city. These games were ultimately awarded to Salt Lake City. Turin successfully bid to host the 2006 Winter Olympics.


The year 2020 coincides with the sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary of the declaration of Rome as the capital of united Italy. Among the main goals highlighted in the bid's vision was environmental sustainability through efficient use of energy and the optimization of existing facilities.[23] Hosting the games would have facilitated urban renewal in the Tiber River Park (Parco Fluviale del Tevere), the construction of Tor Vergata Sports City (Città dello Sport di Tor Vergata), and the upgrade of transport infrastructure in the city, including the airport.[23] The bid committee estimated a 20 percent rise in incoming tourists, with 3 million spectators expected. The games were projected to reach a global audience of 4 billion.[23]


Foro Italico

Rome's bid relied mostly on existing venues, much of which were used when Rome hosted the 1960 Summer Olympics. The bid consists of two poles: the Olympic Park in the north and the Fiera di Roma in the south west. The Olympic village will be located near downtown.[24]

The Olympic Park would have consisted of the Foro Italico which would have consisted of the centerpiece Stadio Olimpico, a newly built 10,500-seat tennis stadium, and the outdoor aquatics venues used for the 2009 World Aquatics Championships. The Stadio Olimpico would have hosted athletics events and the men's football final. The Stadio Flaminio most likely would have hosted rugby sevens and the women's football final. Other existing venues included the Piazza di Siena for horse jumping, the Circus Maximus for beach volleyball, the Acqua Acetosa[25] for modern pentathlon, hockey, and archery, the Olgiata for golf, and the Settebagni for canoeing, rowing, and canoe slalom. The Tor di Quinto area will house the IBC and MPC.[24] After the games, the reconstructed area will be known as the Tiber River Park, which will include 40 hectares of green space along the Tiber.[26]

The Fiera di Roma would have hosted badminton, cycling, gymnastics, judo, wrestling, handball, boxing, fencing, weightlifting, taekwondo, and table tennis.[24]

The Tor Vergata, located in the outskirts, would have consisted of two newly constructed venues which will host volleyball, gymnastics, trampoline, and basketball finals.[24]

Other venues included the Lunghezza for shooting and the Pratoni del Vivaro for mountain biking. Preliminary football rounds will be held in other cities as well.[24]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Redazione Roma Online (2012-02-14). "Roma". Retrieved 2012-09-03.
  3. ^ a b c "Rome Is Italy's Candidate In 2020 Summer Games Bid". GamesBids. 2010-05-19. Archived from the original on 2010-12-29. Retrieved 2011-04-10.
  4. ^ "Olympics-Ferrari's Montezemolo asked to lead Rome's 2020 bid". Reuters. 2011-02-18. Retrieved 2011-04-10.
  5. ^ a b "Berlusconi backs Rome 2020 bid led by Pescante". USA Today. 2011-02-23. Retrieved 2011-04-12.
  6. ^ "IOC VP new choice for Rome's Olympic bid". USA Today. 2011-02-21. Retrieved 2011-04-10.
  7. ^ a b "Exclusive Q&A with Rome 2020 Olympic Bid Chair Mario Pescante". 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  8. ^ "IOC President on 2020 Bids, Arab Spring, Cutting Olympic Sports". 2011-09-26. Retrieved 2012-09-03.
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  10. ^ "Rome Continues 2020 Olympic Bid Despite Crisis". Archived from the original on 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2012-09-03.
  11. ^ "Rome 2020 Selects American Marketing Firm". Archived from the original on 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2012-09-03.
  12. ^ "Helios Partners Join Baku's 2020 Olympic Bid Ahead of ANOC". Retrieved 2012-09-03.
  13. ^ "Rome 2020 Appoints Lead Technical Partner". Archived from the original on 2012-01-18. Retrieved 2012-09-03.
  14. ^ "Rome 2020 Advances Sustainability Vision with Appointment of Coni Servizi and Multi-Tiered Technical Team". Retrieved 2012-09-03.
  15. ^ "Rome 2020: Launch of YouthRome 2020 movement to promote and support the bid". 2011-11-23. Retrieved 2012-09-03.
  16. ^ AGI - Agenzia Giornalistica Italia. "ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY SUPPORTS ROME'S 2020 OLYMPICS BID". Archived from the original on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2012-09-03.
  17. ^ "Bidding for the Games - Rome 2020 Update; Munich 2018 Postmortem; British YOG?". 2011-12-19. Retrieved 2012-09-03.
  18. ^ "A Rome 2020 Olympic Games to cost $12.5 billion". Archived from the original on 2012-01-27. Retrieved 2012-09-03.
  19. ^ "Rome 2020 abandons Olympic dreams – Italy drops out of bid race". Archived from the original on 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2012-09-03.
  20. ^ "Rome To Bid For 2024 Olympic Games". 11 November 2012. Archived from the original on 18 March 2013.
  21. ^ "Rome 2024: Will the Eternal City be back for another Olympic bid?". 11 November 2012.
  22. ^ Italian Olympic President hints at Rome 2024 Olympic bid
  23. ^ a b c "Le motivazioni" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2011-04-10.
  24. ^ a b c d e "Il concetto" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2011-04-10.
  25. ^ "Centro di Preparazione Olimpica Acqua Acetosa "Giulio Onesti"" (in Italian).
  26. ^ "Il Parco Fluviale" (in Italian). Retrieved 2011-04-10.[permanent dead link]

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