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'After COVID warriors, Olympic-bound athletes to get vaccine'

February 22, 2021 17:50 IST

'We have to ensure that COVID warriors get the vaccine. Then the next turn will come to the athletes'

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IMAGE: A medic gestures as she receives a dose a COVID-19 vaccine at a private hospital in Ahmedabad. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters

Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, on Monday, said that Tokyo Olympic-bound athletes will get the coronavirus jab after the vaccination of the COVID warriors.

 

"When the vaccination starts for others -- after COVID warriors -- we want to give it to our players first especially the Olympic-bound athletes. First of all, we have to ensure that COVID warriors get the vaccine because they are the ones who protect the society. Then the next turn will come to the athletes, we come at the last. Our athletes are in the forefront," Rijiju said.

Earlier, the Sports Ministry had requested the Health Ministry to put Tokyo Olympic-bound athletes on priority for the coronavirus vaccine.

"We have requested the Health Ministry to put athletes on priority. As of now, we are awaiting their reply. Once they respond, we will start executing the process. There is still time for the Olympics and we are hopeful that we will be able to do it. We are having discussions with all concerned departments regarding this and we are working on it," a source in the Sports Ministry had informed.

Rijiju further lauded the upcoming international events that India is scheduled to host including the Shooting World Cup and India Open 2021.

"I have already given my support and approval to the NRAI for the Shooting World Cup and for the World Badminton Series India edition I've given my nod to the BAI. I'm encouraging more international matches in India and our teams are going out also but in the future I want more international games and competitions to be held in India," he said.

Source: ANI