1. Stage at news conference with (sitting left to right) Luca Pancalli, Vice President of Rome 2024 Bid Committee, Giovanni Malago, President of the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) and Diana Bianchedi, General Coordinator of Rome 2024 Bid Committee
2. Olympic Games and Italian logos
3. SOUNDBITE (Italian) Giovanni Malago, President of CONI:
"This morning I wrote a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to interrupt the candidacy of Rome for the 2024 Olympic Games. Maybe not everybody knows, but we are here to make it clear, that the IOC recognises only the national Olympic committees as institutional representatives."
4. Cutaway of audience
5. SOUNDBITE (Italian) Giovanni Malago, President of CONI:
"I have verified the feasibility of new paths that could cast things in a different light for the IOC members, and which could be even more realistic for Italy in the Olympic world. For this reason, I have decided to put Milan forward as the candidate for the IOC session in 2019. It is the first possible date, as the 2017 session will be held in Lima, the one where we were supposed to compete (for the 2024 Games), and 2018 is an Olympic year, so the session will understandably be in Pyeongchang, venue of the Winter Olympics. I believe that holding the 2019 IOC session in Milan will be our first step of Italy's rehabilitation after this unacceptable interruption to Rome 2024."
6. Journalists and audience members
7. SOUNDBITE (Italian) Giovanni Malago, President of CONI:
"Vancouver managed to host the games following an interruption (to its bid), but only 30 years later, in 2010. It makes one reflect even more that, in the meantime Canada had two other candidates win - Montreal (1976 Summer Olympics) and Calgary (1988 Winter Olympics). But I believe that Vancouver paid a especially high price for that bad decision. Rome and Italy are today facing a similar story. As I feel responsible, and I am responsible for Italian sport, I have the right and the duty to protect the image of my world. Of our world."
8. Wide of Malago and audience applauding
9. Malago hugging Bianchedi and kissing Pancalli's forehead
The Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) suspended Rome's bid for the 2024 Olympics on Tuesday, forced to pull the plug because of the staunch opposition of the city's mayor.
It has left open the possibility of a revival of the candidacy if there is a change in city government.
CONI head Giovanni Malago said he wrote a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday to "interrupt the candidacy."
The move comes after Rome's city council voted last month to withdraw support for the bid on the recommendation of Mayor Virginia Raggi.
Rome's withdrawal would leave only Los Angeles, Paris, and Budapest in the running for the 2024 Games.
The IOC will select the host city in September 2017.
It would also mark the second time in four years that a Rome bid has been withdrawn or interrupted.
In 2012, then-premier Mario Monti scrapped the city's bid for the 2020 Olympics because of financial concerns.
Raggi, who represents the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, said that taking on the costs of an Olympic bid is "irresponsible" for a city struggling to emerge from years of corruption and poor public services.
While Raggi wrote a letter to the IOC last month, IOC rules state that only the national Olympic committee - in this case CONI - can withdraw a candidacy.
Since being elected in June as Rome's first female mayor, Raggi has had a rough first few months in office.
Her administration was thrown into chaos after she dismissed her cabinet chief and four other officials resigned.
Malago compared Rome's situation to Vancouver's 1976 withdrawal of their bid for the 1980 Winter Games, which were awarded six months later to Lake Placid in the US.
Vancouver had to wait 30 years to host the 2010 Winter Games.
Hoping to regain the trust of the IOC, Malago said that he was offering up Milan as host of the IOC session in 2019.
"This is the first step of Italy's rehabilitation after this unacceptable interruption," Malago said.
Still, the "interruption" of the bid is another signal that the IOC still has work to do to convince cities that hosting the games is a boon and not a burden.
Last month, a city government panel in Tokyo warned that the cost of the 2020 Olympics could exceed 30 billion US dollars - more than four times the initial estimates.
Voters in Hamburg rejected the German city's 2024 bid in a referendum, and Boston dropped out last year amid a lack of public and political support and was replaced as the US candidate by Los Angeles.
Four cities withdrew during the bidding for the 2022 Winter Games, leaving only two candidates in the field.
Beijing, hardly known as a winter sports destination, defeated Almaty, Kazakhstan.
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