IOA chief Narinder Batra: Tokyo Olympics athletes to get 2nd vaccine dose 4 weeks after the first shot
The Tokyo Olympics is scheduled to get underway from July 23. Meanwhile, the Indian Olympic Association is looking to get its players entirely vaccinated before departure, while the Indian Health Ministry has approved it.
The Indian sports fraternity is aiming to give its best performance in the Tokyo Olympics. The global competition is set to get underway from July 23, with more than 100 Indian athletes participating in various events.
Although it is still doubtful if the competition would happen due to the challenges faced by the organisers due to the prevailing pandemic, the Indian Olympic Association is willing to send its contingent. However, it has made it clear that the entire unit would be vaccinated thoroughly before departure to Tokyo.
Meanwhile, in a fresh update, IOA president Narinder Batra has stated that the athletes would receive their second vaccine dose four weeks after the first, while the Indian Health Ministry has approved the same. "Letter has been issued by Ministry of Health Government of India, that in the case of Tokyo Bound Athletes and officials, the second dose of vaccination will be done after four weeks of 1st dose of vaccination," he said in a statement.
As of now, 100 athletes have already sealed their berth for Tokyo. Meanwhile, IOA expects around 150 athletes to qualify for the mega event, the strong possibility of India entering the double figures in terms of the medal tally.
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