Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) on Thursday stated all of the Tokyo Video games-bound athletes and officers have gotten their first COVID-19 vaccine and they’re going to get their second doses earlier than their departure from the nation for the multi-sporting spectacle.
IOA’s assertion got here a day after it had sought particulars from the nationwide federations concerning the vaccinated athletes and officers, who’re set to journey to Tokyo Olympics which opens on July 23.
“The IOA is … making certain that each one the individuals via the IOA for the Tokyo Olympics together with athletes, technical officers and delegate members will observe all precautions and might be vaccinated earlier than leaving for Japan,” the IOA stated.
“… presently every of the above (athletes, technical officers and delegate members) has had the primary vaccination and 2nd will occur as per vaccination protocols,” IOA President Narinder Batra and Secretary Common Rajiv Mehta stated within the assertion.
The Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) has not made vaccination obligatory for participation within the Video games however its president Thomas Bach had stated he believes greater than 80 per cent of individuals contained in the Athletes’ Village might be vaccinated.
Greater than 90 Indian athletes throughout sports activities have to date certified for the postponed Tokyo Olympics.
On Saturday, the IOA had stated that 131 athletes, together with the Olympic-bound, have already obtained their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination whereas 17 have gotten each the doses.
The IOA stated it can do all the things doable to make sure that all of the members of the Indian contingent observe the mandatory steps offered within the playbook (issued by the IOC and the organising committee) earlier than boarding their respective flights for Tokyo.
“The security of everybody concerned on the Tokyo Olympics is IOA’s highest precedence … pledge to observe all vital precautions and tips.
“We at IOA don’t wish to go away any stone unturned and are right here to help the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee in each doable method and facet.”
The IOA additionally lauded the IOC and the Tokyo Video games Organising Committee for “finishing up fabulous work to make sure that the Olympic Video games are held in a totally secure and safe surroundings for the betterment of the athletes in addition to the general public of Japan”.
The IOA thanked the federal government for its help in securing vaccinations for every of the contingent members and representatives from India.