- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

ROME (AP) - Cagliari on the Italian island of Sardinia has been chosen as the proposed sailing venue in Rome’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games.

Cagliari and Bari were on a shortlist of two after beating 15 other cities in the first phase.

In a statement Saturday, the organizing committee says Cagliari was chosen because it “offered the best weather-marine conditions with better intensity of wind and greater regularity.”

It adds: “Other aspects such as the environmental situation of the city on a human scale, the travel time, the Olympic village and the international popularity as a city of sailing, had a positive influence on the decision.”

Cagliari is 412 kilometers (256 miles) away from Rome. The Sardinian capital is in the south of the island.

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