February 18, 2011 / 7:32 PM / 8 years ago

Olympics-Ferrari's Montezemolo asked to lead Rome's 2020 bid

ROME, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has been asked to lead Rome’s bid to host the 2020 Olympics, the head of Italy’s Games Committee (CONI) said on Friday.

Montezemolo, who organised Italy’s 1990 soccer World Cup and has been chairman of Fiat, is due to give a response at the start of next week.

“Luca di Montezemolo is the right man, one of the most famous Italians in the world. With him our chances would increase,” CONI president Gianni Petrucci told ANSA news service.

“I’m in complete agreement with the government and the Rome council. I really hope the Ferrari president’s reply is positive.”

The 63-year-old has been mulling entering politics but said he was committed to Ferrari at the Formula One team’s season launch last month.

Roma beat off competition from Venice to be Italy’s candidate for the 2020 Summer Games.

The International Olympic Committee will decide on the hosts in 2013 with Dubai and Japanese cities among those to have shown interest.

Writing by Mark Meadows, editing by Tony Jimenez. To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com

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