IOC and Florida CFO Discuss Potential Of A Florida-Hosted 2020 Olympics

According to a report from Fox Business, representatives from the International Olympic Committee have met with Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis regarding the possibility of Florida taking over as hosts of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The Games were originally scheduled for the summer of 2020 but were pushed back a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meeting between the IOC and Patronis comes a few days after the state originally put forth the idea of taking over the Games from Tokyo. The offer came following a number of conflicting reports, some suggesting the Games would go ahead and some suggesting that they were to be canceled.

Discussing his meeting with the IOC, Patronis explained that “the Olympics are in a tough place – 80% of the Japanese people do not want the games to move forward.” Patronis is referencing two recent polls conducted in early January by Japanese news agency Kyodo and the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS). Said polls indicated the low level of support for the Games from Japanese citizens.

“I know the Olympics want Japan,” he said. “I’m just concerned Japan doesn’t want the Olympics.”

The IOC, which has remained steadfast in its commitment to a Tokyo Olympics, did not comment on any meetings with Patronis.

Patronis noted that Florida has already had success in hosting visitors throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Orlando, Florida played host for the 2020 NBA playoffs wherein 22 teams spent several months competing within a spectator-free bubble. Upon the conclusion of the NBA bubble, a report by the LA Times considered the initiative to be a success as the league reported 0 positive tests among those players, referees, coaches, nor any other individuals involved.

Patronis also made reference to the fact that Florida has welcomed over 131 million tourists to the state during the pandemic, a number far higher than Japan reported for the year. According to Japan Tourism Statistics, between January and October of 2020, Japan welcomed a total of 4,000,482 travelers of foreign nationality, excluding those with permanent residence in Japan.

To date, the state of Florida has reported roughly 1.69 million cases of COVID-19 and 26,034. On January 28, 2021, the state reported 11,423 new cases and 202 deaths. The country of Japan has so far reported around 381,000 cases of the virus and 5,503 deaths. On January 28, 2021, the country reports 4,162 new cases and 115 deaths.

While we know that the meeting between Patronis and the IOC occurred, no news has yet been released on whether or not how seriously the IOC is in considering moving forward with plans to relocate the Games to Florida.

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7 months ago

Once the IOC realizes that FL has done zero planning, organizing, spending etc needed to host a Summer Olympics, they’ll realize this is just a political stunt, and not a feasible solution.

Reply to  Greg
7 months ago

That Anita DeFrantz hasn’t already explained this to them is a failure of leadership.

More likely, they probably know it already, but they like the publicity and attention too. I’d bet they’d love to see a future Olympics in Florida – because they know that that state would spend endlessly on it and absorb the financial failure with a smile. So probably ‘relationship building’ as much as anything.

Reply to  Greg
7 months ago

They shouldn’t have needed a meeting to realize that

Reply to  Greg
7 months ago

Seems very feasible given the facilities in Orlando and otherwise. Gainesville, the Tampa/St. Pete area just a short drive away. Easy to house the athletes and officials and conduct the games, recoup the expected TV rights revenue, and since Florida is allowing some spectators, possibly even some ticket revenue. By mid-July most of the US will be vaccinated.

Reply to  Wahooswimfan
7 months ago

Most of the U.S. will not be vaccinated by mid-July of 2021. That is not a true statement (although I wish it was true). July of 2022 is more realistic and it would be safer.

Reply to  SwimMomof2
7 months ago

July of 2021 is surely an ambitious goal; however, the US is giving out 1.6-1.7 million doses a day lately. That’s after only a week+ of the Biden administration focusing on it. Every reputable expert believes that we can do 2 million doses/day without any supply or supply chain problems.

If “most of the US” means about 170 million people, that’s about 6 months away at 2 doses/person, 2 million doses/day. That’s July. That’s not unrealistic based on what’s happening now.

Build in some fudge-factor there, if you’re pessimistic, then August, September, October, November are maybe more realistic.

July 2022? That’s 18 months away. To get to 170 million people (most of the US), that’s about 600,000 doses/day. The U.S.… Read more »

Reply to  Braden Keith
7 months ago

The CDC says that the vaccine should be available to most of the public by this summer. However that does not mean that most of the U.S. will actually be vaccinated by mid-July. Distribution is different than actual injections in arms. I hope we can get there in five months and I am encouraging everyone I know to get a vaccine when they can. It will also be interesting to see if a high percentage of the population will be willing to get the vaccine. Vaccine hesitancy is an issue. Many people are not even willing to get their flu vaccines.There are also new variants of the virus that may require boosters.

Last edited 7 months ago by SwimMomof2
wanye kest
Reply to  Greg
7 months ago

florida has 3 nfl stadiums multiple college stadiums endless swimming pools ft lauderdale, orlando, st pete, clearwater, sarasota. great surf on the east coast. dont know what else they need?

Reply to  wanye kest
7 months ago

Ironically, in this scheme, swimming is actually probably going to be among the hardest sports to solve.

Holding swimming outdoors in July in Florida is problematic for a lot of reasons- heat, humidity, thunderstorms.

The few big indoor pools in the state have problems themselves – lighting, deck space, warmup space.

The indoor pool problems aren’t un-solvable, but it would take some real quick action to make it happen.

Perhaps you could hold swimming in an adjacent state that also thinks “wide open” is the best COVID protocol. Lots of viable options in Alabama that would make more sense. Auburn, maybe Huntsville.

(I reiterate – the Olympics aren’t going to Florida, so this is still just a fun thought experiment).

7 months ago

Let ’em play ref!

7 months ago

Trump can host the corrupt IOC at Mar a Lago

Reply to  Taa
7 months ago


7 months ago

April fools?

Olympunks & Gamester Bullies
7 months ago

Silly season without reason.

He Said What?
7 months ago

Is this a joke???? Did I fall asleep and wake up on April 1???? There is no way this is being taken seriously. Is it?

College Swimmer
Reply to  He Said What?
7 months ago

I mean… I agree it’s a little ridiculous. But if Japan doesnt want to host, I can think of worse places. Especially if it’s spectatorless

Reply to  College Swimmer
7 months ago

There’s no way Florida will agree to no spectators. When that gets turned down, they can say, “Well, we tried.” – knowing they never had a chance anyway. Australia wouldn’t send a team, as well as another smart nations. I would hope the US would boycott too.

Reply to  MarkB
7 months ago

Why? Florida has handled the pandemic as well as the rest of the world, outside of some island nations. They already hosted a spectator less event, the NBA playoffs, and the event went perfectly! Japan is obviously the first choice, but Florida already has all the facilities needed to host the Olympics should it come down to it

7 months ago

Get it Chief! Is this plan B?

Reply to  Sam
7 months ago

Is Florida ever not plan B?

7 months ago

So what’s gonna happen to the billions of dollars that Japan has already spent and paid the IOC.. will all that be refunded by the IOC?

Reply to  Verram
7 months ago

This Florida thing will never happen, but supposedly Japan HAS discussed the possibility that if they HAVE to cancel, they would host the next available Olympics – 2032.

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Corey
7 months ago

By 2032 all the facilities will need a complete refurb. Not impossible but expensive.

Reply to  Corey
7 months ago

2022 is a better option- safer and more fair. Many swimmers were not able to train properly this year.