Bach says Rome 2024 Summer Olympics bid would be a strong one

IOC president Thomas Bach says Rome would be a strong 2024 Summer Games contender. 



ROME — IOC President Thomas Bach says Rome would be a strong contender to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Speaking at a conference celebrating the centenary of the Italian Olympic Committee, Bach says Rome "would be a very strong bid which many people would like, not only in the Olympic family but inside the whole movement."

Rome, which hosted the 1960 Games, pulled out of the bidding for the 2020 Olympics when the Italian government refused to provide financial backing. No decision has yet been made on whether to bid for 2024.

A Rome bid could face competition from Paris; Doha, Qatar; Istanbul, Turkey, and cities from the United States, Germany and South Africa

Bach also says the IOC is looking at shaking up the bid procedure in the future.