Mattarella sees Rome 2024 as growth boon

President says bid is challenge to Italy's planning powers

(see related) (ANSA) - Rome, February 17 - President Sergio Mattarella has said Rome's bid to stage the 2024 Olympics is a massive challenge that can turn into a boon for economic growth like the 1960 games in the capital were. "Just like the 1960 Olympics represented an important step in Italy's economic and social development, my hope is that the 2024 Olympics can be a crossroads for new growth distinguished by quality and sustainability," he wrote in a letter to the bid committee for its presentation of a dossier on Wednesday. "Rome's bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games is a challenge for the country's planning abilities, testing vision, quality and resources".