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IOC suggests vaccination for athletes ahead of Olympics

Games scheduled in Tokyo from July 23 to Aug. 8

Muhammed Enes Calli   | 27.01.2021
IOC suggests vaccination for athletes ahead of Olympics In this photo illustration taken in Ankara, Turkey on December 30, 2020 a vaccine syringe with a drop on the needle's end is seen in front of a computer screen showing the flag of International Olympic Committee (IOC). ( Ali Balıkçı - Anadolu Agency )

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has suggested that athletes and officials be vaccinated before they arrive in Japan for the summer games.

“The IOC will work with the NOCs (National Olympic Committees) to encourage and assist their athletes, officials and stakeholders to get vaccinated in their home countries, in line with national immunization guidelines, before they go to Japan, “ the IOC said in a statement late Tuesday.

“This is to contribute to the safe environment of the Games, but also out of respect for the Japanese people, who should be confident that everything is being done to protect not only the participants, but also the Japanese people themselves.“

IOC President Thomas Bach encouraged Olympic and Paralympic participants to get inoculated, but clarified it will not be obligatory.

Initially scheduled for last July, the 2020 Olympics were among a host of sports events postponed worldwide due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event is now due in the capital Tokyo from July 23 to Aug. 8, followed by the Paralympics from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5.

The Japanese government has categorically denied reports on the potential cancellation of the Olympic Games.

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