CONI chief addresses funding concerns for Italy’s Ryder Cup and FIS World Championships

Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) president Giovanni Malago has maintained that government financing remains intact for Rome’s staging of the 2022 Ryder Cup and Cortina d’Ampezzo’s hosting of the 2021 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in the wake of a decision made earlier this week.

Francesco Boccia, chairman of the Lower House budget commission, had asked Lower House Speaker Laura Boldrini to remove 28 'micro' regulations from the 2017 budget bill. These included one covering funding for the Alpine World Championships and the golf showpiece.

Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport said a guarantee of up to €97m ($106.7m) has been provided for the Ryder Cup, with Cortina’s staging of the International Ski Federation (FIS) showpiece being afforded a budget of €100m over five years, along with €30m over three years for the development of sports facilities.

Boccia later said that the resources earmarked for the events will remain. Malago has also sought to allay any concerns, describing the government decision as “just a technicality.” He added: “There is nothing that prevents the already confirmed willingness by the government on several occasions to support these initiatives. Moreover, it is not funding but guarantees. On this, I would calm everyone down. I have been told, and I have absolutely no reason to doubt it.”

Rome will host the 2022 Ryder Cup after the Italian capital in December edged out competition from Austria, Germany and Spain to land golf’s showpiece team event. The announcement made by Ryder Cup Europe will see the tournament staged on the continent of Europe for the third time. Italy has never previously hosted the event, which takes place every two years and pits Europe’s best golfers against those from the USA.

The FIS confirmed Cortina d’Ampezzo as the host of its 2021 Alpine Ski World Championships in June.