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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SwimMomof2
1 year ago

Almost half a million people have did from COVID-19 but sports must go on?? What are our priorities?

Last edited 1 year ago by SwimMomof2
Verram
1 year 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?

Corey
Reply to  Verram
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

SwimMomof2
Reply to  Corey
1 year ago

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

Sam
1 year ago

Get it Chief! Is this plan B?

Questionable
Reply to  Sam
1 year ago

Is Florida ever not plan B?

He Said What?
1 year 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?
1 year 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

MarkB
Reply to  College Swimmer
1 year 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.

Shawn
Reply to  MarkB
1 year 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

Olympunks & Gamester Bullies
1 year ago

Silly season without reason.

Monteswim
1 year ago

April fools?

Taa
1 year ago

Trump can host the corrupt IOC at Mar a Lago

DEAN IS GOD
Reply to  Taa
1 year ago

LOL

Eisenheim
1 year ago

Let ’em play ref!