Rome is set to drop its bid to host the Olympic Games in 2024, after its anti-establishment mayor said it would be “irresponsible” to be a candidate.
Virginia Raggi of the Five Star movement was elected as mayor of the Italian capital in June.
There was confusion earlier when reports said she had failed to turn up for a meeting with a delegation from the Italian Olympic Committee.
Rome also pulled out of bidding for the 2020 Olympics for financial reasons.
Boston and Hamburg have already dropped out of the running for the 2024 Games, leaving Paris, Los Angeles and Budapest as remaining bidders.
Candidate cities must confirm their application and the endorsement of local public leaders by 7 October.