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IOA secy writes to Harsh Vardhan, AIIMS chief for vaccination of Tokyo-bound athletes

Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) secretary frequent Rajeev Mehta on Monday requested the Union Well being Minister Harsh Vardhan to expedite the tactic for the vaccination of the nation’s Tokyo Olympic-bound athletes and officers in the direction of the novel coronavirus.

With the Summer time Video games merely little higher than three months away, Mehta reminded Harsh Vardhan of IOA’s request, made on February 3.

“…since there are only a few months left for the Video games and the protection of the contributors are utmost essential so to make sure all of them are vaccinated for COVID-19 previous to journey to Tokyo.

“Subsequently, we as quickly as as soon as extra request your good workplace to bear in mind the request and topic compulsory 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 participate in almost 17 sports activities actions. Since there are few months left for the commencement of the Tokyo Olympic Video games, two dosage of vaccination for the athletes and officers representing India is required consideration on priority.

“We request your good workplace to contemplate vaccination of COVID-19 for the Indian athletes and officers, who will signify India at5 the Tokyo Olympics,” Mehta wrote to Dr Guleria.

Mehta further talked about that it’s the duty of IOA and Nationwide Sports activities Federations (NSFs) to coordinate with the athletes, who’re at current teaching at completely completely different areas all through the nation, for the vaccination drive.

The IOA excessive official moreover wrote to World Anti-Doping Company Director Common Olivier Niggli, informing him in regards to the two vaccines obtainable inside the nation and in search of its approval for the drive ahead 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 happening in India,” Mehta wrote to WADA chief.

“So, we want to request the WADA for its course and approval to vaccinate the Indian athletes and officers taking part within the Tokyo Olympic Video games.”

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