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Special Olympics Drops COVID-19 Jab Mandate After Gov. DeSantis Threatens Organization With $27.5 Million Fine


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Special Olympics International planned on banning athletes who weren’t inoculated against COVID-19 from competing in its Orlando event.

First off, the Special Olympics proved they’re an evil institute for attempting to force its athletes to inject themselves with an experimental shot to compete.

And props to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for refusing to let them get them get away with it.

“The Special Olympics bowed to pressure from Florida officials and will scrap vaccination requirements for athletes at its event this weekend after the state threatened the games’ governing body with $27.5 million in fines,” according to a report.

The Orlando event is expected to attract over 5,500 Special Olympic athletes from around the country.

And Special Olympics International wanted them all to take an experimental shot.

However, the Special Olympics USA Games organizers dropped its mandate after bowing to pressure placed on them by Florida officials.

“There needs to be a choice in this regard,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said during a promotional event in Orlando on Friday.

“Let them compete. We want everyone to be able to compete.”

From The New York Post:

Last year, DeSantis banned vaccine passports and ordered the state to issue $5,000 fines to businesses, schools and government agencies that require people to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination.

Jay O’Brien of ABC News was the first to report that the Special Olympics backed down from its mandate.

DeSantis’ Health Department sent a letter to the Special Olympics International on Thursday notifying the governing body that its vaccine requirement violated state law.

Joseph Ladapo, Florida’s surgeon general, told reporters that he had been in talks with SOI over the past six months in an attempt to avoid imposing fines.

Florida’s Department of Health said the Special Olympics “was unable to bring the event into compliance for the benefit of their delegates, and reinstate all who were denied access based on proof of vaccination.”

The Special Olympics finally caved Thursday, issuing a statement that it had lifted its vaccine requirement and that all athletes would be eligible to participate.

“Delegates who were registered for the games but unable to participate due to the prior vaccine requirement, now have the option to attend,” the organization said.

“We don’t want to fight,” it said. “We want to play.”



 

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