As many as five Tokyo-bound athletes from India are yet to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This includes boxer Simranjit Kaur, and four shooters Saurabh Chaudhary, Rahi Sarnobat, Deepak Kumar and Mairaj Ahmed Khan.
Till now, almost 120 athletes and 27 para-athletes have received their first jab of the vaccine while 58 athletes and four para-athletes have got both their dose.
Moreover, 114 coaches and support staff members have got their first dose while 37 representatives have received their second dose as well.
“Of the actual Olympic bound Athletes only 5 are left for their 1st dose. All five were Covid positive and have since recovered,” sources in the known developments told ANI.
“Boxer Simranjeet, Four Shooters Saurabh Chaudhary, Rahi Sarnobat, Deepak Kumar and Mairaj Ahmed Khan are ones who have been left. Request Boxing and Shooting to get the needful done urgently and revert,” the source informed.
IOA chief Narinder Batra comments on athletes’ preparation
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra had earlier said that Tokyo 2020 will be an even tournament for all athletes.
“Athletes have been preparing well, they are as fit as any other in the world. They are raring to go, preparation is going on. Some athletes are here in India, some are abroad, some will reach Tokyo directly. It would be a level playing field for all. The entire contingent is preparing well. When every stakeholder (NSFs, SAI) is on the same page, the work is streamlined,” Batra had told ANI.
Batra had also talked about the ongoing rigorous vaccine drive for Tokyo-bound athletes. He had mentioned that the apex body has to get its athletes vaccinated before leaving for the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games.
When asked about the vaccination of Olympic-bound athletes, Batra said: “From IOC’s side, there is nothing mandatory, they have some guidelines in Tokyo, if you reach the finals and then you test positive for COVID-19, so nobody knows what will happen. But why wait for such a situation, the best solution is that we get every party associated vaccinated. We must get our athletes vaccinated.”