Italy is intent on holding the Summer Olympic Games in 2020, but three major cities are competing to host them. With Venice, Rome and Palermo all vying for the high-profile international sports event, Italy's Olympic Committee (CONI) has said that Italy has a better chance if just one city bids.
Olympic fever began after Madrid lost to Rio de Janeiro in its bid to host the 2016 Summer games. London is hosting the 2012 games, and two consecutive Summer Olympics in Europe would have been highly unlikely. With Rio de Janeiro hosting the 2016 games, Italy thinks it is possible to bring the Olympics to the peninsula.
‘The time is right for an Italian bid for the 2020 Olympic Games', said CONI president, Giovanni Petrucci. ‘Rio de Janeiro's victory definitely gives Italy the chance to carefully consider the idea of nominating a city.'
Although CONI has until the end of 2010 to nominate its city, the risk of city rivalries is pressing officials to make an early decision. Rome is eager to host the Games after loosing to Athens in 2004. Venice mayor Massimo Cacciari argues that ‘Venice is an iconic city, unique in the world, which enjoys universal recognition.'
Italy also recently announced its intention to bid for the Euro 2016 soccer championships. If Italy wins, the 12 cities to host matches will be Bari, Bologna, Cagliari, Florence, Genoa, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Rome, Turin, Udine and Verona. European soccer's governing body UEFA is set to announce its decision in May 2010.