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Disney Wants Olympics to Move To Florida Instead of Japan

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 23: The Olympic rings in the Olympic Park in Stratford as Tokyo Olympics organisers are considering options to delay the Olympics with teams treating to pull out due to the coronavirus on March 23, 2020 in London, England. Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to at least 182 countries, claiming over 10,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Jimmy Patronis, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee encouraging them to consider relocating the 2021 Olympics from Tokyo, Japan to Disney World, Florida. There are rumors that leaders in Japan have “privately” concluded that they are too concerned about the pandemic to let the 2021 Olympics to take place, although the Japanese government and the International Olympic Committee reportedly said Friday that they’re determined to conduct the Games as scheduled. Patronis notes in his letter that Florida has successfully allowed sports to take place during the pandemic when most states shut down their sporting events. International tourist destinations, like Disney parks, have been open and operating as well. Patronis said Disney serves as an “incredible model for how to run a complex organization in the midst of COVID-19.” And because Florida is a tourist state, Patronis believes they have ample hotel capacity and transportation networks that would be able to accommodate the 2021 Olympics. Here’s more from Japan Today.


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