Venues

Long before the Games of the XVII Olympiad were assigned to Rome, the C.. O. N. I. had already made a careful study of the sports venues that would be required for the great event. In this respect, on 20th October 1954 the Executive Board of the C.O.N.I. decided to set up an appropriate Technical Committee known as " Rome Olympic Constructions " (C.O.R.).
The C.O.R. first of all attended to, in agreement and in close co-operation with the Rome Municipality and the Ministry for Public Works, finding suitable areas for both venues and the Olympic Village and rapidly set out various plans and technical elaborations in this respect. At that time, there only existed the Olympic Stadium which had been inaugurated two years previously and which came into being under the auspices of the Secretary-General of the C.O.N.I., Mr. Bruno Zauli.
The C.O.R. was placed in the charge of Mr. Mario Saini, Vice Secretary- General of the C.O.N.I. who was also Technical Director of the Games; Secretary of the C.O.R. was Ing. Luciano Berti, recently deceased, who dedicated the greater part of his life to the various problems connected with sports venues.
The C.O.R. made use of the services of Prof. Ing. Cesare Valle of the Ministry for Public Works and Ing. Francesco Allegra, Secretary-General of the National Institute for the Housing of State Employees (I.N.C.I.S.) as technical consultants and also consulted the finest Italian technicians on the various problems as and when they arose.
Above all, the C.O.R. received considerable help from the Minister for Public Works at that time, Mr. Giuseppe Togni, who succeeding in overcoming the tremendous difficulties of that period with enthusiasm, competence and dedication.
Besides the problem of the sports venues and the Olympic Village, which will be illustrated later, the C.O.R., in co-operation with the Ministry of Posts and Telegraphs and the Tirrena Telephone Company, planned and executed the whole of the communication network as well as telephone, telegraph and radio communications. It also set up the various Press Centres, an extremely complicated work which took over two years to complete, which proved extremely satisfactory as, during the Games, they were a means of keeping the Press informed with a speed such as has never been reached up to now.
Another sector which the C.O.R. managed to put into operation in time in each venue, was that of the visual and acoustic communication service for the public, a service which enabled spectators to receive results of the various events with extreme rapidity and clearness immediately after the various Juries had compiled them.
But perhaps the greatest satisfaction afforded those responsible for the sports venues was that, once the Games were over, the venues that had been prepared for the event today become an ever-increasing attraction to Roman youth which frequents them with great enthusiasm, filled with the memories of the success of the Rome Olympiad.