Olympic bid cities must show financial backing

STEPHEN WILSON AP Sports Writer Published:

LONDON (AP) -- Now that the Italian government has pulled the plug at the last minute on Rome's Olympic bid, five remaining candidate cities must prove that they have the financial and political muscle to win the high-stakes race for the 2020 Games.

Italian Premier Mario Monti's refusal to provide financial support for Rome's bid Tuesday ended the Eternal City's hopes of bringing the Olympics back to the capital for the first time since 1960.

Five cities are left in the running: Madrid, Tokyo, Istanbul, Doha, and Baku, Azerbaijan.