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Rome mayor opposes staging 2024 Olympic, effectively killing bid

ROME, Sept 21 Rome's new mayor, Virginia Raggi, said on Wednesday she would not support a bid to stage the 2024 Olympics in the Italian capital, effectively sinking the city's chances of hosting the summer games.

"It would be irresponsible for us to support this candidacy," Raggi told reporters, saying the games would bury Rome under huge debts and piles of cement. "These Olympics are not sustainable. They will only bring debts."

The Italian government supports the bid, but needs the backing of the city council to press ahead. Raggi's decision means only Paris, Los Angeles and Budapest are left in the running to stage the 2024 sporting extravaganza. (Reporting by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Philip Pullella)

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