Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) secretary-general Rajeev Mehta on Monday requested the Union Well being Minister Harsh Vardhan to expedite the method for the vaccination of the nation’s Tokyo Olympic-bound athletes and officers in opposition to the novel coronavirus.
With the Summer season Video games simply little greater than three months away, Mehta reminded Harsh Vardhan of IOA’s request, made on February three.
“…since there are only a few months left for the Video games and the security of the contributors are utmost necessary so to make sure all of them are vaccinated for COVID-19 previous to journey to Tokyo.
“Due to this fact, we as soon as once more request your good workplace to contemplate the request and problem obligatory path,” Mehta wrote in his letter.
The IOA official additionally shot off a letter to AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria, informing him about their correspondence with the Well being Minister.
“Roughly, 158 athletes from India are anticipated to take part in virtually 17 sports activities. Since there are few months left for the graduation of the Tokyo Olympic Video games, two dosage of vaccination for the athletes and officers representing India is required consideration on precedence.
“We request your good workplace to contemplate vaccination of COVID-19 for the Indian athletes and officers, who will characterize India at5 the Tokyo Olympics,” Mehta wrote to Dr Guleria.
Mehta additional stated that it’s the responsibility of IOA and Nationwide Sports activities Federations (NSFs) to coordinate with the athletes, who’re at the moment coaching at totally different locations throughout the nation, for the vaccination drive.
The IOA prime official additionally wrote to World Anti-Doping Company Director Common Olivier Niggli, informing him concerning the two vaccines out there within the nation and searching for its approval for the drive forward of the Olympics.
“There are two vaccines already out there in India, particularly COVISHIELD by Serum Institute and COVAXIN by Bharat Biotech. The Authorities has permitted these two vaccines for its residents and the vaccination is occurring in India,” Mehta wrote to WADA chief.
“So, we wish to request the WADA for its path and approval to vaccinate the Indian athletes and officers collaborating within the Tokyo Olympic Video games.”