Tokyo Olympics 2020: IOA working with AIIMS authorities to vaccinate Video games-bound athletes

Tokyo Olympics 2020: IOA working with AIIMS authorities to vaccinate Video games-bound athletes

The coronavirus caseload has been on the rise within the nation with greater than 70,000 new infections reported within the nation on Thursday.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: IOA working with AIIMS authorities to vaccinate Games-bound athletes

Wrestler Bajrang Punia is among the uncommon Indian athletes, who’ve certified for the Tokyo Olympics, to have acquired their first COVID-19 vaccine shot. Picture courtesy: Twitter/@MediaSAI

New Delhi: Involved on the growing variety of athletes contracting COVID-19 at prime coaching centres, the Indian Olympic Affiliation has requested the authorities to expedite the method to get the Olympic-bound athletes get vaccinated quickly on the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Thirty sportspersons and assist workers throughout disciplines returned constructive after 741 precautionary assessments had been carried out on the Nationwide Centres of Excellence in Patiala and Bengaluru on Wednesday.

Though the constructive ends in each the centres don’t embody any Tokyo Olympic-bound athlete, the IOA doesn’t need to take probabilities as they’re coaching on the identical amenities.

“We’re involved on the athletes testing constructive for COVID-19 although all of the Olympic-bound athletes are protected. However now we have to vaccinate them as quickly as doable. We’ve written twice to well being ministry on this regard however no headway until now,” IOA Secretary Common Rajeev Mehta instructed PTI.

“So, we have already got two rounds of dialogue with the AIIMS Resident Medical doctors’ Affiliation Common Secretary (Dr Rajeev Ranjan). He stated the athletes can begin vaccination. So, I’m writing to AIIMS Director on Friday to hasten the method,” he added.

Mehta had in February written to Union Well being Minister Harsh Vardhan, requesting him to contemplate vaccinating the Tokyo Olympics-bound athletes on a precedence foundation to offer them ample time earlier than leaving for the Video games.

Round 80 Indian athletes have thus far certified for the Olympics, which can be held from 23 July to eight August after being postponed final yr because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mehta can be writing to the World Anti-Doping Company (WADA) relating to this plan to vaccinate the Olympic-bound athletes on the recommendation of IOA chief Narinder Batra, in order that there isn’t a complication in a while.

“IOA President felt that we must always take clearance from the WADA in order that there isn’t a concern in a while, as a result of we’re injecting one thing although it’s a vaccine. He’s additionally an IOC member and is aware of the principles and laws.

“So, I’m additionally writing to the WADA on Friday that we’re going to vaccinate the Olympic-bound athletes. We hope to get response from the WADA as quickly as doable and likewise from the AIIMS in order that we will begin vaccinating the Olympic-bound athletes.”

The coronavirus caseload has been on the rise within the nation with greater than 70,000 new infections reported within the nation on Thursday.

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