The state of Florida is ready to step in and host the 2021 Summer Olympics if Japan pulls out of the endeavor. A top official with the Florida state government sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) offering to host the upcoming games if Japan cancels its commitment.
State Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis sent the letter, asking IOC President Thomas Bach to consider moving the games from Tokyo to Florida. The event was originally scheduled for the summer of 2020 when the onset of the COVID-19 health crisis forced the postponement. Patronis contends that Florida will be able to deploy the necessary resources to host the games on short notice.
Florida officials are pointing to the state’s success in opening major theme park destinations and hosting sporting events as a model to follow. The state is scheduled to host the Super Bowl in less than two weeks.
Japan on Brink of Bailing
Reports out of Japan are that the county is on the brink of pulling the plug on hosting the games. As a country that has been cautious in its approach to dealing with the pandemic, it is not likely that they will be ready to host the games in just a few months.
The games are currently scheduled to begin on July 23 and conclude on August 8. While just a few weeks ago Japanese officials were confident that it would happen, sentiments have changed as of late. The city of Tokyo recently declared a state of emergency as a result of a surge in confirmed COVID-19 cases, prompting many to believe that they may be forced to go back on their commitment.