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OGI 2012

Olympics games, London, Rome and O.G.I.

In the last days the Olympic games have been extensively discussed. Not only because London is going to host the Olympic games this year, but also because there has been a passionate debate about the nomination of Rome for the next Olympic games in 2020.

Our Italian community is also going to have its own Olympic games: the O.G.I , Olimpiadi gioventù italiana which will take place at the beginning of June.

The OGIC (Olimpiadi Gioventu Italiani Committee) is made up of 12 members: President Adriano Morini, Vice President Luciana Timanti, Treasurer Anthony Manzi, Vice Treasurer Tony Franchi, Secretary Francesca Timanti.

The following other members of the committee have various responsabilities: Mike Viglione, Mauro Inzani, Gaetano Attanasio,Theresa Morena, Claudia Timanti, Livio Spagnoli, Mariella Mansi, which include IT, event coordination, fund raising, rules and regulations organisation etc.

The OGIC do not have a fixed budget for the games, as this changes for each games.

The funds for the games are raised in part by athletes subscription for the games, and the balance is raised by fund raising events and from sponsors.

For OGI 2012, there will be at least five teams taking part:

Southgate

St. Peters Italian Church

Finchley

Londra Sud

Stanmore and Hendon

O.G.I is expecting 400-450 young athletes to take part, with approximately 1000 spectators attending each day.

If anyone is interested in getting involved with OGI and helping out during the three event please contact : Mariella Mansi on either 07957 296 305 or e-mail mariellamansi@hotmail.com.

But let’s get back to the Olympic games…

If London is preparing hard to be the first country which hosted the Olympic games three times, on the contrary, Monti’s government hasn’t approved the proposal of Rome for the Olympic games 2020.

In these difficult times, according to Monti, Italy can’t afford to take any financial risk, as a consequence, Rome won’t be amongst the candidate cities for the next Olympic games. The remaining candidates are: Istanbul (Turkey), Tokyo (Japan), Baku (Azerbaijan), Doha (Qatar) and Madrid (Spain).

According to many, Rome missed a good chance to improve its infrastructures and transports, or in any case, to use the Olympics as an occasion to modernize the city.

Rome won’t receive the 9.8 billion foreseen for the game’s organisation.

The expenditure for the Government would have been 4.7 billion, about a half of the total. The other half would be regained from sponsors, tickets and media rights.

That money would have been used for the construction of new, permanent or temporary, sport facilities, but also for the redevelopment of the Foro Italico, the sports hall of EUR, the stadium Flaminio and restructuring dozens of schools and basic facilities.

The realisation and adaptation of the sports facilities would have cost 1.4 billion. 400 million of this money would have come from private individuals for the completion of the sports city of Calatrava at Tor Vergata. Another one billion and 400 million would have been used for the construction at Saxa Rubra of the media centre and the Olympic village of Tor di Quinto. Legambiente complained because the project would have used 700.000 cubic meters of concrete, in an area rich in landscape and geological constraints.

However, the organisation of the Games would have cost two and a half billion and the bulk of the investment would have gone for urban infrastructure and mobility. In any case, 2.8 billion were already required for the strategic plan of “Roma capitale” in view of the Jubilee 2025…

 

Giulia Lombardo

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