December 19, 2015

ROME (AP) Cagliari on the Italian island of Sardinia has been chosen as the proposed sailing venue in Rome's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games.

Cagliari and Bari were on a shortlist of two after beating 15 other cities in the first phase.

In a statement Saturday, the organizing committee says Cagliari was chosen because it ''offered the best weather-marine conditions with better intensity of wind and greater regularity.''

It adds: ''Other aspects such as the environmental situation of the city on a human scale, the travel time, the Olympic village and the international popularity as a city of sailing, had a positive influence on the decision.''

Cagliari is 412 kilometers (256 miles) away from Rome. The Sardinian capital is in the south of the island.

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