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Angry for athletics, disappointed for Italy - Fidal chief

Angry for athletics, disappointed for Italy - Fidal chief

Mei slams 'fanciful' reconstruction of worlds bid withdrawal

ROME, 29 February 2024, 15:04

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Italian athletics federation Fidal President Stefano Mei said Thursday he was "angry for athletics and disappointed for our country" after the withdrawal of Rome's bid to host the 2027 athletics world championships on Wednesday.
    In interview to ANSA, Mei also took issue with the "fanciful" account provided by Sports Minister Andrea Abodi of the reasons for the decision.
    "I handled (the matter) as he asked, and to read that it was done as if at a bar is not OK with me," he said.
    Fidal said Wednesday that it had withdrawn Rome's bid to host the 2027 athletics world championships on grounds it did not meet the requirements to be successful.
    Specifically, the government's letter of support for the candidature allegedly lacked "an element of primary importance", namely economic coverage to the tune of 85 million euro against an expected budget of 10 million euro.
    For his part, Abodi said in a statement Wednesday that the government had done "everything possible" to support Rome's candidature, "even asking Fidal last November to prepare a business plan, a document that may have been required much sooner and was presented on January 24".
    "With all the will in the world, in such a delicate phase for our country from so many points of view, it turned out to be impossible to find the necessary public guarantees to cover the 85 million euro required, relative to a budget of 130 million," he added.
   

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