The Mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, announced yesterday that the city is withdrawing its bid to host the Olympic games in 2024.

The mayor said Rome was still paying out for the last time it held the Games in 1960.

"No to the Olympics of concrete, absolutely not! No to cathedrals in the desert," she said during the press conference, suggesting that Rome would have been invaded by concrete, investment speculation and huge debt after the Olympics.

The 38-years-old Raggi is the youngest and ...

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