No Mandatory Coronavirus Vaccine For Tokyo Olympics, Says IOC Chief
Muhammad Rameez 17 days ago Tue 17th November 2020 | 03:40 PM
Tokyo, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Nov, 2020 ) :Athletes won't be required to take a coronavirus vaccine to compete at the Tokyo Olympics, IOC chief Thomas Bach said Tuesday, adding that mandatory shots would be "going too far".
"It is a question also of (the) health conditions of each and every person. It's a question of availability." However, the IOC will "appeal" to athletes and others to be vaccinated, Bach added, calling it a "sign of respect" for other competitors and the Japanese hosts.
Bach and Japanese organisers have sounded a confident note that the event will go ahead -- buoyed by recent positive vaccine trials and a successful international gymnastics event in Tokyo this month.
Bach said the organising committee would take "all the necessary precautionary measures, so that athletes can relax and feel safe".
On Monday, he said the IOC would look to help athletes secure shots if they are available and approved.
"So our expectation is that there will be vaccines for all athletes from all nations and all officials from all nations, and they'll be well and truly ready long in advance of the Olympic Games."hih-sah/kaf/th