Olympics would be ‘extremely difficult’ for unvaccinated athletes

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PARIS – Athletes who haven’t been vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19 would face “extremely difficult” situations on the Tokyo Games this summer time, the president of the French National Olympic Committee (CNOSF) stated on Monday.

Unvaccinated athletes who go to the Games in Japan face “quarantine of a fortnight” and “will have to undergo tests in the mornings and evenings,” Denis Masseglia warned.

The concern of vaccination of athletes for the Tokyo Olympics, postponed final year due to the pandemic, is to be mentioned Wednesday at a meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Committee.

The IOC formally encourages the vaccination of athletes however says it can’t impose it.

Masseglia stated there was no alternative. In a video press convention, he stated that “holding the Games is at stake”.

“We are not alone,” he stated. “For our Japanese friends to receive athletes and accredited people from all over the world requires some precautions.”

He stated that the difficulties they would face might have “a dissuasive effect” for athletes who didn’t need to be vaccinated.

Masseglia stated he spoke to IOC president Thomas Bach final week.

In France, almost 1,000,000 precedence individuals have been vaccinated, however the tempo of vaccination is extraordinarily different all over the world. Some nations, together with Japan, haven’t began but.

The concern of vaccination of athletes additionally raises an moral drawback.

“It’s out of the question that athletes should be given priority over other categories of population, but between now and the Games we can assume that it is possible to have them vaccinated without penalising other people,” Masseglia stated.

“I have taken a position in favour of vaccination, I hope that all French athletes will share this perspective,” he added.


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