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148 Olympic-bound athletes get COVID vaccine first dose

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Harish Kotian
May 22, 2021 12:50 IST
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IMAGE: Fencer Bhavani Devi got first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at her training base in Italy. Photograph: Kind courtesy Bhavani Devi/Instagram

As many as 148 athletes across all sports, including those who have qualified for the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games, have already received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccination, according to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

 

Out of these 148 athletes, 17 have got both the doses and 131 have received their first shot, IOA president Narinder Batra said.

These 148 include potential athletes who can make it to the Tokyo Olympics which begins on July 23.

Besides this, 13 Tokyo Paralympic-bound athletes have got their first vaccine shot while two have received both doses. The Tokyo Paralympics opens on August 24.

The total number of athletes (including para-athletes), who have got at least their first dose till May 20, is 163.  

Giving the 'vaccination status of Tokyo-bound Indian athletes and officials in the long list as on May 20', Batra said 87 officials have got single dose of COVID-19 vaccine while 23 are fully vaccinated.

More than 90 Indian athletes across sports have so far qualified for the Tokyo Olympics which was postponed from last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Olympic-bound shooters who are currently training in Croatia will be vaccinated there as they are expected to directly fly to Tokyo from there, the NRAI said.

Some of them have already got their first jabs in India before departing for Croatia and they will get their second dose in that country.

Fencer Bhavani Devi also got her first jab at her training base in Italy while weightlifter Mirabai Chanu is expected to get her shots in the United States.

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