Concerned on the rising variety of athletes contracting COVID-19 at high coaching centres, the Indian Olympic Association has requested the authorities to expedite the method to get the Olympic-bound athletes get vaccinated quickly on the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. Thirty sports activities individuals and assist workers throughout disciplines returned optimistic after 741 precautionary exams had been carried out on the National Centres of Excellence in Patiala and Bengaluru on Wednesday. Even although the optimistic leads to each the centres don’t embrace any Tokyo Olympic-bound athlete, the IOA doesn’t need to take possibilities as they’re coaching on the similar services.
“We are concerned at the athletes testing positive for COVID-19 though all the Olympic-bound athletes are safe. But we have to vaccinate them as soon as possible. We have written twice to health ministry in this regard but no headway till now,” IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta advised PTI.
“So, we already have two rounds of discussion with the AIIMS Resident Doctors’ Association General Secretary (Dr. Rajeev Ranjan). He said the athletes can start vaccination. So, I am writing to AIIMS Director on Friday to hasten the process,” he added.
Mehta had in February written to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, requesting him to contemplate vaccinating the Tokyo Olympics-bound athletes on a precedence foundation to offer them ample time earlier than leaving for the Games.
Around 80 Indian athletes have to this point certified for the Olympics, which might be held from July 23 to August 8 after being postponed final yr as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
Mehta can also be writing to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) concerning this plan to vaccinate the Olympic-bound athletes on the recommendation of IOA chief Narinder Batra, in order that there isn’t any complication afterward.
“IOA President felt that we should take clearance from the WADA so that there is no issue later on, because we are injecting something though it is a vaccine. He is also an IOC member and knows the rules and regulations.
“So, I’m additionally writing to the WADA on Friday that we’re going to vaccinate the Olympic-bound athletes. We are hoping to get response from the WADA as quickly as potential and likewise from the AIIMS in order that we are able to begin vaccinating the Olympic-bound athletes.”
The coronavirus caseload has been on the rise within the nation with greater than 70,000 new infections reported within the nation on Thursday.
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