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IOC President not getting involved over ‘politics’ of Rome 2024 bid

Francis, Thomas Bach

Pope Francis greets Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, during the international conference on sports and faith " Sport at the Service of Humanity”, the first global conference on faith and sport promoted by the Vatican Pontifical Council for Culture, in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 5 ,2016. (AP Photo/Fabio Frustaci)


VATICAN CITY (AP) -- IOC President Thomas Bach isn’t getting involved in the “politics” surrounding Rome’s rejection of its 2024 Olympics bid.

Speaking on the sidelines of a Vatican convention on faith and sports, Bach says he has been informed of the Rome situation by Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago.

Bach says: “This is not up to me. I got this information about politics in Italy and I’m here to listen.”

He adds: “You can imagine that this was a very interesting conversation, because politics in Italy is a very interesting topic. So I learned a lot yesterday.”

Rome’s city council voted last week to withdraw the bid, backing the decision of Mayor Virginia Raggi. The bid is still supported by Italian Premier Matteo Renzi.

Malago says he will hold a news conference on the bid situation next week.