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ROME---New IOC president Thomas
Bach is pleased with the Italian govern-
ment s support for a 2024 Summer
Olympics bid, and he also said yesterday
that it s "time for the United States to pres-
ent a strong bid."
Bach is in Rome for the European Olympic
Committees general assembly and meetings
with Pope Francis, and also visited with
Italian Premier Enrico Letta.
"The prime minister appeared to be inter-
ested in a bid from Italy for 24, because
he has realised that the games can serve as
a catalyst for development for a city and a
country," Bach told The AP yesterday.
While Rome has not yet been officially
selected, the capital---which hosted the 1960
Games---would be Italy s likely candidate.
Other potential 2024 bids could come
from Paris; Doha, Qatar; and cities in Africa
and the US.
"I think it s time for the United States to
present a strong bid," Bach said. "And I m
happy to hear that the USOC is undertaking
everything to prepare such a bid."
Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia,
San Francisco and Washington are among
the cities that could form a US bid.
USOC chairman Larry Probst attended
the EOC meeting in Rome, as the Americans
attempt to boost their presence and influence
in Olympic circles. Probst was named an
IOC member in September.
The USOC, which brings more money
than anyone to the Olympic movement in
the form of sponsorship and TV revenue,
hasn t hosted an Olympics since the 2002
Winter Games in Salt Lake City. The coun-
try s last Summer Olympics were in Atlanta
Italy s last Olympics were the 2006 Winter
Games in Turin.
Rome was the first city to declare its can-
didacy for the 2020 Games but then-Premier
Mario Monti refused to provide government
financial backing and the bid was dropped.
Letta, however, voiced strong support for
a 2024 bid in a speech at an Italian Olympic
Committee meeting 10 days ago, and again
after seeing Bach.
"The Italian bid could become something
definitive," Letta said after Friday s meeting
with Bach. "It s not just a simple possibil-
Bach also visited the pope both individ-
ually on Friday then again yesterday with
a large delegation from the Olympic assem-
bly.With numerous other high-profile IOC
members also in town---such as Sheik
Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the influential
Kuwaiti who heads the Association of
National Olympic Committees---Italian
Olympic Committee president Giovanni
Malago called the two-day assembly "sat-
isfying from every point of view."
"I really think we showed strong signs of
credibility," Malago said. "For them to be
here and touch things that we take for grant-
ed with their own hands was very special."
While Italy s financial situation has not
improved since Monti s rejection, with the
country s economy still in recession, senior
Italian IOC member Mario Pescante said
the Olympics would spur a turnaround.
"Our country needs this," Pescante told
the AP. "The principal problem for our
country is to convince a defeatist public
opinion---and rightly so defeatist---consid-
ering the way we react to any big event,
whether it s an earthquake or what not."
Fears of rampant corruption play a big
"People need to stop saying We can t do
it, added Pescante, who stepped in as a
special commissioner for the Turin Games.
"If we continue not to build anything
because we re afraid of the Mafia the country
will commit suicide... We need to offer a
strong signal that this story is finished, that
we re not a population of thieves. This is
the biggest challenge, and an Olympics could
overcome that." (AP)
IOC president points to
Italy, US bids for 2024
Pope Francis is presented a gift by Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, in the Clementine hall at the Vatican
yesterday. AP PHOTO
DUBAI---Nepal ended Bermuda s slim hopes
of reaching the playoffs at the ICC World
Cup Twenty20 qualifiers with a 21-run vic-
tory in the United Arab Emirates, yesterday.
It was Bermuda s fourth successive defeat---
leaving them seventh on four points---after
starting the tournament brightly with victories
over Scotland and bottom side Denmark.
Despite skipper Janeiro Tucker s 48 from
31 balls, which included five fours and two
sixes, Bermuda could muster only 127 in reply
to Nepal s 148-8.
Tucker rescued his side from a calamitous
15-4 inside four overs but Bermuda s hopes
faded when he was sixth out at 80 with seven
Tre Manders (19), Allan Douglas (14) and
Kamau Leverock (12) chipped in with useful
runs before Bermuda were all out with four
balls remaining. Bermuda wrapped up their
tournament with a match against Papua New
Guinea on Sunday.
In another Group B match, the Netherlands
(130-7) beat Kenya (101-9) by 29 runs.
In Group A, bottom team Canada (117) lost
to Namibia (120-3) by seven wickets while
Italy (158-5) thrashed hosts United Arab Emi-
rates (91) by 67 runs.
The top six of 16 countries competing in
the qualifiers will advance to the World Cup
proper, to be staged next year in Bangladesh.
Nepal defeat ends Bermuda's playoff hopes
The Kapil Harry-led Monroe Road Cricket
Club will feature in T&T s top tier of local cricket
for the first time in four years when the T&T
Cricket Board Premiership Division bowls off
Monroe won the East/North-East Champi-
onship Division earlier this year, which earned
the team promotion. President of the team,
Manohar Ramsaran, who was recently appointed
as the manager of the T&T senior cricket team,
is optimistic of his team s chances next season.
Ramsaran believes in buliding partnerships
and with the core of players remaining at the
club for the past three years, Monroe is a close-
ly-knit outfit. Ramsaran also spoke highly of
experienced Guyanese spin bowler Mahendra
Nagamootoo, who will line up for Monroe next
season. Nagamootoo, 38, played five Tests and
24 One-Day-Internationals for the West Indies.
The spin bowler was an instrumental figure in
the team s success last season, winning the
Championship Division Player of the Year award.
Monroe Road will meet tomorrow to begin
training and discuss plans for the upcoming sea-
son. The club is also preparing a women s team
to compete next year, and it is encouraging all
interested persons to contact 684-2001 for further
Long time serving member of the North-
East Zonal Cricket Council, Rasheed Khan, is
hoping for an improved Ojoe Road Recreation
Ground in time for the opening of the cricket
season next year.
The Ojoe Road Recreation Ground, which was
once dubbed the mecca of cricket in the north-
east, has been taken over by Pro League football
team, North East Stars, more than 10 years ago.
Cricketers in the area also lost the Damarie Hill
Recreational Ground, after the Sports Company
of T&T constructed a jogging track around the
playing field. This made the Damarie ground
smaller and unable to host a cricket match.
Khan is requesting that all football be played
at Damarie, and the Ojoe Road Ground be used
for cricket in the upcoming cricket season.
Khan, who was honoured recently by the T&T
Cricket Board for long and dedicated service to
cricket in the North-East region, hopes the sport-
ing image in the area can improve. He is appealing
to the re-elected and newly-elected councilors
of the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation to
fix and upgrade the Ojoe Road Recreation Ground
so that cricket in the North-East can prosper
Ojoe Road rec
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