IOC President Thomas has said during a visit to Tokyo this week that he is “encouraging” all “Olympic” participants and fans are vaccinated – if one becomes available – if they leave next year’s Tokyo Olympics Going to participate in Bach says a “reasonable number” of fans should be able to join the venue – vaccines or no vaccines. And he confidently said that the postponed Olympics would open on 23 July.
“We want to convince as many foreign participants as possible to accept a vaccine,” he said repeatedly on Monday, his first two days in Tokyo for support for the Games and holding news conferences.
Japan has controlled the virus relatively well, with 1,900 deaths for COVID-19 in a country of about 125 million. However, cases have been increasing recently in the northern island of Tokyo and Hokkaido.
On Tuesday, Bach was visiting Athletes Village along the Gulf of Tokyo, and the new $ 1.4 billion National Stadium in central Tokyo.
In a more private setting, Bach has spoken directly about the responsibility of Olympic athletes to consider the vaccine.
In an on-line session last month with the IOC’s athletes’ commission, Bach was asked – among other things – if athletes would be “forced” to vaccinate. The Associated Press obtained a 90-minute recording of the session, which included more than 100 athletes or their representatives. It was overseen by Christie Coventry, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and the President of the Athletes Commission.
Bach said that “we’re not there yet” in reference to the need for a vaccine, but clarified his feelings that athletes owe it to each other – and themselves – when thinking about a vaccination Huh.
“Every athlete should watch their fellow athletes and keep this in mind,” Bach said. “Because vaccination is not just about the person. It is a protection for the entire community.
“And I think we and everyone have a responsibility in this crisis, a responsibility not just for us but for all those who surround us and our fellow team members who are fellow Olympians.”
Two vaccine manufacturers have said that preliminary results from their late studies suggest that their experimental vaccines are strongly protective. This week Modern said that its vaccine is about 95% effective. Pfizer has stated that its vaccine is effective in the same way.
Initial results provide strong indications that the vaccine can prevent most diseases when large groups of people are vaccinated.
Obviously, not all athletes will want to take the vaccine. For some, it will be a question of personal freedom. Others may fear that vaccines are being levied against COVID-19, and are possibly unsafe. Some people may expect to fall ill after taking the vaccine, jeopardizing their Olympic prospects.
Bach said in Tokyo that nurses and doctors and health care workers should queue for a vaccine ahead of healthy, young athletes.
There could be 11,000 Olympic athletes, as well as thousands of officials, judges, VIPs and media and broadcasters heading to Japan for the Games.
Tokyo Olympic officials and the International Olympic Committee have said that athletes who test positive at the Games can be barred from competing, in a manner that removes a doping suspect.
“We can solve this crisis like other challenges, if we are in solidarity, and if we all take responsibility,” Bachchan said in an online conference with athletes in early October. He admitted that some athletes would see taking the vaccine as a “sacrifice”.
“But again we are not there yet,” Bach said of any decision. “We have to see the developments ahead. But I hope you have already forgiven me for making personal comments on this forum. “
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