Florida has made a surprise bid to host this year’s Olympics despite the fact that official host city Tokyo maintains it will press ahead with its plans for July.
Florida chief financial officer Jimmy Patronis has written to the International Olympic Committee talking up Florida’s credential’s as an alternative host for the beleaguered Games which were postponed from last year and still remains in a cloud of doubt as Japan struggles to contain a coronavirus surge.
“Whatever precautions are required let’s figure it out and get it done,” Patronis stated in the letter.
Florida maintains it has already shown its credentials to hold major sporting events during a pandemic recently hosting NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL games.
“Additionally, our international tourist destinations, like Disney parks have been open and operating safely in Florida for some time,” Patronis stated.
“In fact, Disney serves as an incredible model for how to run a complex organization in the midst of COVID-19.”
But the IOC is adamant the Games will take place this year or not at all, with IOC boss Thomas Bach saying there was no “Plan B”.
Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has also stated that Japan was committed to hosting the Olympics this year despite public opinion starting to shift in favour of cancelling it.