India's Olympic Team To Be Fully Vaccinated: Sports Chief
Umer Jamshaid 4 days ago Thu 10th June 2021 | 06:40 PM
New Delhi, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 10th Jun, 2021 ) :India's Olympic contingent will be fully vaccinated by early July ahead of their journey to Tokyo for the Games, the country's top sports official Narinder Batra told AFP.
"We had requested that all the national sports federations get their athletes vaccinated even though the IOC (International Olympic Committee) says it is not mandatory," the Indian Olympic Association president said.
"But we want our athletes to be safe and they should also be safe for others." Batra said half of the contingent was partially vaccinated and the other half had received both doses.
"So by the first week of July the entire contingent -- athletes plus officials -- should be double vaccinated," he added.
Batra's comments come two days after his association dropped Chinese kit sponsor Li Ning following a public backlash when the uniforms were unveiled last week.
"We went by the public opinion that was formed on social media after that (kit unveiling)," Batra added.
"If we could find a sponsor before the end of June when things will need to close, then we will have one.
- High hopes for hockey - While the pandemic had made it harder for athletes to prepare for Tokyo, Batra said competitors from all nations faced the same challenges, making it a "level-playing field for all".
"Our athletes have been going on in their bio-bubbles or wherever they are training overseas. So there's no effect on our medal prospects and how we feel -- that is, double digits." Four years ago, the team came home from Rio with just two medals, with badminton champion P.V. Sindhu clinching silver and wrestler Sakshi Malik winning bronze.