December 14, 2015

ROME (AP) A design of the Colosseum in the colors of the Italian flag has been chosen as the logo of Rome's bid for the 2024 Olympics.

The logo was presented Monday at a ceremony in the Italian capital in front of 2,500 schoolchildren, as well as current and former Italian Olympic champions.

The logo features the Colosseum fading into a running track, colored in red, white and green.

Italian Olympic Committee chief Giovanni Malago says the bid is ''not just a candidacy of Rome but of all Italy.''

Rome is competing against Paris, Los Angeles and Budapest, Hungary. The IOC will select the host city in September 2017.

Rome bid chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo says ''today we're sending a strong message to the IOC and our competitors.''

He adds: ''We will work night and day all together to get the games.''

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