COVID-19 vaccine: AFI requests authorities to present precedence to Olympic-bound athletes


New Delhi, September 16

Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Wednesday stated it had requested the federal government to present precedence to Olympic-bound athletes when a COVID-19 vaccine is accessible.

Several international locations, together with India, try to develop a coronavirus vaccine. The Indian authorities is contemplating inoculating the entrance line staff, Army personnel and sure classes first.

“We have already discussed this with the government and told them we will need it (vaccine) for our athletes going to the Olympics,” AFI president Adille Sumariwalla stated throughout a webinar.

“We need to make sure once the vaccine comes out, they (Olympic-bound athletes) should be amongst the first batches to get it and the discussion regarding that has already happened,” he added.

Asked if any participant was apprehensive about getting inoculated, like tennis star Novak Djokovic, or if the vaccine may trigger drawback with dope management, nationwide badminton coach Pullela Gopichand stated the athletes have been trying ahead to it.

“I don’t think there will be an issue with the athletes, they are just waiting for the vaccine to come. There will be trails which will ensure the players are feeling confident when they take the vaccine,” stated Gopichand.

Sumariwalla stated since all of the international locations throughout the globe have been affected by the pandemic, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have to be conscious that these (potential vaccines) usually are not for enhancing efficiency.

“I don’t think there is any issue with dope control because it is worldwide thing. The WADA would have taken enough cognisance of the fact that these are not performance enhancing drugs and that they have been taken to protect the health and wellbeing,” he stated. PTI



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