State of Florida Offers to Host 2021 Olympics Should Tokyo Cancel Them

by Jack McCormick 97

January 27th, 2021 Coronavirus, News, Tokyo 2020

While talks of the cancellation of the already-postponed 2020, now 2021, Olympic Games have appeared frequently since last summer, Florida has volunteered to host the Games after multiple news sources reported last week that the Games were going to be canceled.

Following the reporting of rumors that members of Japan’s government had conceded that the Games were unlikely to occur this summer, the Chief Financial Officer of Florida, Jimmy Patronis, sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee offering to move the Games location to Florida. While the Japanese government has since claimed the reports of cancellation “categorically untrue”, Patronis continued with his effort to convince the IOC of Florida’s viability as a host. In his letter to Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, Patronis wrote:

“With media reports of leaders in Japan “privately” concluding that they are too concerned about the pandemic for the 2021 Olympics to take place, there is still time to deploy a site selection team to Florida to meet with statewide and local officials on holding the Olympics in the Sunshine State. I would welcome the opportunity to pitch Florida and help you make the right contacts to get this done.”

As part of his proposal, Patronis cited the state’s ability to host the NBA “bubble”, UFC, and NFL competitions successfully, as well as their ability to keep Disney Parks open throughout the pandemic. Patronis also included that the state had multiple high-quality athletic facilities across the 12 major universities in the state. He concluded his letter by saying, “Whatever precautions are required let’s figure it out and get it done.”

In response to the Tampa Bay Times’ inquisition on Patronis’ letter, the IOC media team reported that they had yet to receive it. The IOC went on to cite their statement from last week where they reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring that the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games take place in Tokyo as scheduled. Thomas Bach’s video on the IOC’s commitment to the games from last week can be found here.

There has been some speculation among Olympic organizers that the anonymous “source” that shared the initial information about the government’s plan to cancel the Olympics had ulterior motives, perhaps wishing to destabilize the government ahead of an upcoming general election in Japan.

With new case counts still riding high in the state, and with relatively-few protocols in place, it’s unlikely that most of the world’s countries, especially those like New Zealand and Australia that have all-but-eliminated the spread of the virus, would be willing to send athletes to Florida under current circumstances.

The state of Florida currently has recorded 1,658,169 cases of COVID-19. Florida recorded nearly 9,500 cases on January 26th, making them one of just 5 states to record over 5,000 cases for the day.

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Letsgovikings
10 months ago

I can only imagine what the Florida Man Olympic stories would end up being

worm
10 months ago

California could never

SWIMGUY12345
Reply to  worm
10 months ago

They easily could. They just would never.

Ervin
Reply to  worm
10 months ago

Nor would they want to

Icanfreezetime
Reply to  worm
10 months ago

. . . makes no sense considering LA28 preparations are ongoing. FYI, NorCal would never but SoCal have and will host again.

Hmmmm
10 months ago
swammer
10 months ago

Interesting…

SwimFani
10 months ago

I LOVE it! Florida the new world!

Olympian
10 months ago

Gotta love America’s finest, where do I sign to support it???

Scoobysnak
10 months ago

….the CFO of Florida?

Admin
Reply to  Scoobysnak
10 months ago

Most states have a CFO, they just call the position “comptroller.”

In the private sector, a “controller” reports to the CFO. In the public sector, the two roles of “comptroller” (same position as controller, just different term generally for public sector) and CFO are essentially the same function.

Scoobysnak
Reply to  Braden Keith
10 months ago

I am aware of what both a CFO and comptroller are. Florida is the first state I’ve seen label their comptroller as a CFO. Seems kinda like a weird way to make your state seem like a corporation. But if any state would do it I’m not surprised its Florida.

tallswimmer
10 months ago

Is Florida a state or a business? Why do they have a CFO? This reads like an article from the Onion.

The state of Florida currently has recorded 1,658,169 cases of COVID-19. Florida recorded nearly 9,500 cases on January 26th, making them one of just 5 states to record over 5,000 cases for the day.”

But sure, let’s bring the whole world here!

GOML
Reply to  tallswimmer
10 months ago

Florida gonna Florida. Can’t manage to effectively run elections on a regular basis, or manage COVID, but think they can accommodate the largest international sporting event going.

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  GOML
10 months ago

This is…a troll right? FL just proved how to actually run an election. And in the meantime, they’ve done possibly the best in the entire country in balancing the public health with the economy (the numbers cited in the article above are without context, as they aren’t adjusted for population nor age, nor a boatload of other metrics, all pointing to FL doing relatively well without destroying its businesses).

But hey, the hell with the actual data and followed the science, yay politics instead!

swimmerswammer
Reply to  DrSwimPhil
10 months ago

Japan Population: 126.3 million
Japan Covid deaths: 5,298

Florida Population: 21.5 million
Florida Covid deaths: 25,672

Go ahead and contextualize that

New Zealander Laughing From Afar
Reply to  swimmerswammer
10 months ago

HERE’S YOUR CONTEXT:

Japan median age: 48.4
Florida median age: 42.2

Oh. Just kidding.

WestCoastRefugee
Reply to  swimmerswammer
10 months ago

Wrong context.

Obesity rate in Florida 28% ( official numbers, but I think this is low)
Obesity rate in Japan 3%

Not just picking or “shaming” obesity, but this metric is pretty standard across all preventable chronic conditions. We are a very unhealthy society, and it is pretty much gospel that if you are already dealing with obesity, diabetes, respiratory issues, etc that you are not going to fare very well if exposed to COVID.

Hiswimcoach
Reply to  swimmerswammer
10 months ago

Japan tests about 10% as much as the US. The PCR test is known to be 80-90% false positives. Anyone with covid dies of covid. There’s your context. Leave the covid cult.

Hiswimcoach
Reply to  Hiswimcoach
10 months ago

What did the dinosaur media tell us to think today Steve? Just so I know what to prepare for next …. you seem to love being in the matrix.

Hiswimcoach
Reply to  Hiswimcoach
10 months ago

The more you test, the more covid you find. Not sure why you can’t seem to understand that, but okay.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Hiswimcoach
10 months ago

“It’ll all just disappear.”

Troll Longhorn
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
10 months ago

“There’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic for the next several months.”

PsychoDad
Reply to  Hiswimcoach
10 months ago

Oh, you are back, after trolling me for months because I “predicted” 200o deaths a day in the Fall. Unfortunately, I was wrong, it is 3000-4000 now. You are pathetic.

Hiswimcoach
Reply to  PsychoDad
10 months ago

Keep testing, keep finding cases and keep finding deaths

Troll Longhorn
Reply to  Hiswimcoach
10 months ago

You can no longer call it the China Virus. Please pretend it didn’t originate from anywhere, but rather just showed up around the globe one day.

Pmpolo
Reply to  Troll Longhorn
10 months ago

FYI – it didn’t come from Spain. They were just the first to widely reported on it because everywhere else had news blackouts. WWI and all

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Hiswimcoach
10 months ago

What does your boy Scott Atlas say? How ’bout Q?

Troll Longhorn
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
10 months ago

I think he talks about it about as much as Joe talks about Antifa. Both just an idea.

Questionable
Reply to  DrSwimPhil
10 months ago

You cant argue with people who hate themselves and their own country. You can only hope they learn to see through the veil, such as the union workers that voted for Biden.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Questionable
10 months ago

Union workers voted Biden to get rid of a fascist President

Troll Longhorn
Reply to  Mr Piano
10 months ago

But some are starting to lose their jobs in the process, so they are reconsidering their vote.

Old Swimmer
Reply to  DrSwimPhil
10 months ago

Sure. That’s why they arrested and muzzled Rebekah Jones, their former state data scientist, who was using public records to prove they’ve been lying about their Covid numbers. And Disney is doing well because they have procedures in place inside their properties that are far more stringent than Florida as a state. Like requiring masks.

Swimgl
Reply to  tallswimmer
10 months ago

And it’s humid and hot ..