Rome 2024 officials have met with Italy's canoeing and handball federations ©IOC

Italy's canoeing and handball federations have both signed up to back Rome's bid to host the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics.

Officials want to include all of the country's Olympic sports as part of their campaign and positive discussions had already been held with the Italian Cycling Federation (FCI) and the Italian Athletics Federation (FIDAL).

Now, the Italian Federation of Canoeing (FICK) and the Italian Handball Federation (FIGH) have also pledged full co-operation as Rome seeks to host the Games for the first time since 1960.

Rome last hosted the Olympics in 1960
Rome last hosted the Olympics in 1960 ©Getty Images

The General Director of the Rome 2024 Organising Committee, Claudia Bugno, met with FICK Secretary General Daniela Sebastiani and later FIGH's President Francesco Purromuto and its Secretary General Adrian Ruocco.

Both federations hope that hosting the Games in Rome can solve the shortage of venues the sports have in the Italian capital.

Rome officially entered the 2024 race after sending off its bid letter on Friday.

The city will be up against Los Angeles, Paris, Hamburg and Budapest.

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