NEW DELHI: Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary basic Rajeev Mehta on Monday requested the Union Health 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 Games simply little greater than three months away, Mehta reminded Harsh Vardhan of IOA’s request, made on February 3.
“…since there are very few months left for the Games and the safety of the participants are utmost important to ensure all of them are vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to travel to Tokyo.
“Therefore, we as soon as once more request your good workplace to take into account the request and problem mandatory course,” Mehta wrote in his letter.
The IOA official also shot off a letter to AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria, informing him about their correspondence with the Health Minister.
“Approximately, 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 Games, two dosage of vaccination for the athletes and officers representing India is required consideration on precedence.
“We request your good office to consider vaccination of COVID-19 for the Indian athletes and officials, who will represent India at5 the Tokyo Olympics,” Mehta wrote to Dr Guleria.
Mehta additional stated that it’s the responsibility of IOA and National Sports Federations (NSFs) to coordinate with the athletes, who’re at the moment coaching at completely different locations throughout the nation, for the vaccination drive.
The IOA prime official additionally wrote to World Anti-Doping Agency Director General Olivier Niggli, informing him concerning the two vaccines out there within the nation and looking for its approval for the drive forward of the Olympics.
“There are two vaccines already available in India, namely COVISHIELD by Serum Institute and COVAXIN by Bharat Biotech. The Government has permitted these two vaccines for its citizens and the vaccination is going on in India,” Mehta wrote to WADA chief.
“So, we would like to request the WADA for its direction and approval to vaccinate the Indian athletes and officials participating in the Tokyo Olympic Games.”