Florida offers to replace Tokyo as Olympics host, according to state official

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Florida’s chief monetary officer has requested the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to think about relocating the 2021 Games to the Sunshine State amid hypothesis that Tokyo organisers could again out as hosts due to issues in regards to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Tokyo organisers have vowed to press forward with the re-scheduled Games, that are due to open on July 23 after being postponed for a yr due to the novel coronavirus, however Florida’s Jimmy Patronis has provided another possibility.

“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,” Patronis mentioned in a letter despatched this week to IOC President Thomas Bach.

“I would welcome the opportunity to pitch Florida and help you make the right contacts to get this done.”

In an e mail to Reuters, the IOC mentioned it has not obtained a letter from Patronis and referred to the assertion issued final Friday that mentioned it’s dedicated to having the Olympic Games in Tokyo this yr.

Given all of the planning and preparations vital to host an Olympics, it’s nearly inconceivable to relocate the occasion inside six months of the scheduled opening ceremony.

In his letter, Patronis drew consideration to what he referred to as the power of the state’s vaccination roll-out together with Florida holding a number of sporting occasions, together with the whole lot of final yr’s NBA playoffs, in the course of the pandemic.

Florida’s demise toll from the novel coronavirus has topped 25,000. The cumulative demise toll from the virus in Japan topped 5,000 over the weekend.

“Whatever precautions are required let’s figure it out and get it done,” wrote Patronis.

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