- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

If Los Angeles ultimately wins its bid for the 2024 summer Olympics, it may have Virginia Raggi, the mayor of Rome, to thank. On Wednesday the Italian politician all but scuttled the Eternal City’s bid to host the games by stating in no uncertain terms that she opposes it.

“It would be irresponsible for us to support this candidacy,” the London Daily Telegraph quoted Ms. Raggi from a Sept. 21 news conference. “These Olympics are not sustainable. They will only bring debts.”

The Italian government supports the capital city’s bid, but the 38-year-old recently elected mayor’s refusal to lend support essentially has “doomed” the effort, the Telegraph said. Italy last hosted the Olympic Winter Games in Turin in 2006 and the Summer Games in Rome in 1960.

Budapest, Los Angeles and Paris remain contenders for the 2024 bid. Of those, only Budapest has never hosted an Olympic Games. Paris hosted the 1900 and 1924 contests while Los Angeles was home to the 1932 and 1984 Games.

The last U.S.-hosted Summer Games were in 1996 in Atlanta. The last U.S.-hosted Winter Games were in 2002 in Salt Lake City.

According to its official website, the International Olympic Committee will officially determine the 2024 host city when it votes on the matter in its September 2017 meeting in Lima, Peru.

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