Expo 2030: Riyadh wins hands down, Rome only third. Massolo’s wrath: mercantile drift

The organization of Expo 2030 goes to Riyadh, which obtained 119 votes in the first round. There will be no runoff. Disappointment for Rome, which came third, with 17 votes, 12 less than Busan, which won 29. 165 (out of 182 total) delegates from the member countries of the Bureau international des Expositions arrived at the Palais des Congrès in Issy-les-Moulineaux who voted for the city that will host Expo 2030. Riyadh obtained the necessary two-thirds majority in the first round.

Stadium chants upon the arrival of the delegates

The delegates who arrived at the Palais des Congrès in Issy-les-Moulineaux to vote for the city that will host Expo 2030 passed between two wings of the crowd who, outside of all rules, tried to get them on their side and convince them to vote for Riyadh or for Busan. More numerous were the supporters of the Saudis, who welcomed the delegates one by one, trying to accompany them to the entrance of the voting room, even taking them by the arm. The South Koreans were also very noisy, shouting “Busan, Busan” and – outside the building – even singing a surreal version of “Champs-Elysées” in Korean

Two-thirds of the votes are needed in the first round

Disappointment for Roma, who finished third. The appointment, according to the estimates contained in Rome’s candidacy dossier, it was worth 50.6 billion euros for the Capitalwith the creation of 11 thousand new companies and 300 thousand jobs.

Expo, Gualtieri: bad defeat, we are saddened

In Paris, at the head of the Italian delegation, was the mayor of Rome Roberto Gualtieriwith the Minister of Sport, Andrea Abodi. Rome’s defeat at Expo 2030 was “a bad defeat, we are saddened” said Gualtieri, responding to reporters at the end of the meeting of BIE delegates in Issy-Les-Molineaux, on the outskirts of Paris. We must “sportingly accept defeat”, added Gualtieri, underlining that Riyadh’s victory is a “crushing victory”. But Rome’s project was “a beautiful project”, concluded Gualtieri.

Expo: Abodi, disappointment after defeat

Regarding Expo 2030 «there is disappointment, of course, it is a disappointment in the numbers that seem to demonstrate a consolidation of Riyadh’s consensus which I don’t think is necessarily that of the last days and weeks. On the other hand, I don’t think that the universality of Rome necessarily passes through the universal exposition.” Sports Minister Andrea Abodi said this, responding to reporters at the end of the meeting of BIE delegates in Issy-Les-Molineaux, just outside Paris.

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