The Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, met this morning with the president of CONI, Giovanni Malagò at the Palazzo Chigi.
During the course of the meeting, which lasted around 45 minutes, they tackled a series of issues relating to the world of sport, starting with the candidacy of Rome for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“On behalf of the Government, I confirm full and total support for the bid of Rome”, said the Prime Minister to the President, to which he informed Renzi of his imminent trip to Kuala Lumur to participate in the 128th CIO Session. “Giovanni, give my regards to President Bach and tell him that I hope to meet him soon, I’d be pleased if he were to come to Italy”.
Malagò also updated Renzi on the development of the bid after the Boston withdrawal and on the situation of the international scene in light of the Agenda 2020.
“I am very happy with the conversation I had with Prime Minister Renzi – declared Malagò as he returned to his office at the Foro Italico -. It was a great meeting. Renzi and the Government are by our side and this gives us great strength in view of the Olympics. I leave for Kuala Lumpur even more optimistic. I have already informed President Luca of Montezemolo of the agenda. Among other things Renzi has told me that he will soon appoint a Minister for Sport”.
Among other issues, we also discussed details of sport in relation to the ISTAT [Italian Institute of National Statistics], Sport in Schools, ‘The Good School’ project, Italy’s candidacy for the 2022 Ryder Cup and for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. “Renzi – concluded Malagò – will be with me in Monza on the 6 September at the Formula 1 Grand Prix and has promised that he will do his best to be in Rio for a few days for the 2016 Olympic Games”.