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- Florida has made a late bid to host the 2021 Olympic Games if Tokyo backs out.
- Amid reports Florida's chief financial officer Jimmy Patronis sent a letter to the IOC on Monday offering to step in.
- "Whatever precautions are required let's figure it out and get it done," he wrote.
Florida has made a late bid to host theif Tokyo backs out.
Amid reportsdue to record COVID-19 infection rates in the country, Florida's chief financial officer Jimmy Patronis sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Monday offering the state's services as a replacement.
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"Today, I am writing to encourage you to consider relocating the 2021 Olympics from Tokyo, Japan to the United States of America, and more specifically to Florida,"
Patronis said that Florida's ability to keep sporting events such as the UFC, the NBA, and the NFL going during the pandemic make it an ideal spot for relocation.
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"When most of the major states were shutting down their economies, we were fortunate enough to have a Governor that recognized the important balance of fighting the virus with keeping the economy open," Patronis said.
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"Moreover, Governor DeSantis has partnered with the private sector to rapidly distribute vaccines to our most vulnerable populations. Unlike other states, when the COVID-19 vaccine comes to Florida it doesn't just sit on the shelf wrapped in government red tape; it moves fast to protect our communities."
Patronis added: "Our state has ample hotel capacity and well-maintained transportation networks to accommodate the kind of infrastructure required for a major undertaking of this sort.
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"Florida has 20 commercial airports, 31 urban transit systems, 12 major universities that have existing sporting facilities - and we have world- renowned health care facilities in each of our regions. I think most importantly, however, we have a state with leaders who are willing to get this done.
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"Although I write to you in a professional capacity, I should also add that I am a father of two boys who love sports, and the idea of canceling the Olympics when there have been so many athletes who have worked so hard for this opportunity is a tough pill to swallow.
"I've always believed that sports and competition makes our world a better place, and these athletes demonstrate to children around the world that when you work hard, and put your mind to something, anything is possible.
"Whatever precautions are required let's figure it out and get it done."
Patronis ended his letter by requesting that IOC head Thomas Bach call his office to trash out the details.
The IOC has not yet publicly responded to Patronis' offer, and it is not clear if the state's chief financial officer has the backing of more senior officials in the state, such as Governor DeSantis, to bring the Games to Florida.
Florida has recorded 1.67 million cases of coronavirus with over 25,500 deaths - the fourth-most of any US state.
The Games,are set to commence on July 23.
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The party’s still on for Tampa’s happy, home-team Super Bowl. It’s just not quite as rowdy. .
On Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl, which will be held at their home stadium in Tampa. Get this: For the 55th Super Bowl coming Sunday, the fates finally brewed a first team ever to play a Super Bowl on its home field, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Raymond James Stadium. That normally would give this rowdy city a peerless cause for teeming streets. But get this: It did just that amid the grinding teeth of a pandemic, a peerless cause for depleted streets. Somehow, a Super Bowl with Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes winds up with diminished noise.