NEW DELHI: Involved on the rising variety of athletes contracting COVID-19 at prime coaching centres, the Indian Olympic Affiliation has requested the authorities to expedite the method to get the Olympic-bound athletes get vaccinated quickly on the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) right here.
Thirty sports activities individuals and assist workers throughout disciplines returned optimistic after 741 precautionary checks have been carried out on the Nationwide Centres of Excellence in Patiala and Bengaluru on Wednesday.
Although the optimistic ends in each the centres don’t embrace any Tokyo Olympic-bound athlete, the IOA doesn’t wish to take probabilities as they’re coaching on the similar amenities.
“We’re involved on the athletes testing optimistic for COVID-19 although all of the Olympic-bound athletes are protected. However we’ve got to vaccinate them as quickly as potential. We’ve written twice to the well being ministry on this regard however no headway until now,” IOA secretary normal Rajeev Mehta advised PTI.
“So, we have already got two rounds of dialogue with the AIIMS Resident Docs’ Affiliation Normal Secretary (Dr. Rajeev Ranjan). He mentioned the athletes can begin vaccination. So, I’m writing to the AIIMS Director on Friday to hasten the method,” he added.
Mehta had in February written to Union Well being Minister Harsh Vardhan, requesting him to think about vaccinating the Tokyo Olympics-bound athletes on a precedence foundation to present them adequate time earlier than leaving for the Video games.
Round 80 Indian athletes have up to now certified for the Olympics, which can be held from July 23 to August 8 after being postponed final yr because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mehta can be writing to the World Anti-Doping Company (WADA) relating to this plan to vaccinate the Olympic-bound athletes on the recommendation of IOA chief Narinder Batra, in order that there isn’t any complication afterward.
“IOA President felt that we should always take clearance from the WADA in order that there isn’t any subject afterward, as a result of we’re injecting one thing although it’s a vaccine. He’s additionally an IOC member and is aware of the foundations and rules.
“So, I’m additionally writing to the WADA on Friday that we’re going to vaccinate the Olympic-bound athletes. We hope to get response from the WADA as quickly as potential and in addition from the AIIMS in order that we will begin vaccinating the Olympic-bound athletes.”
The coronavirus caseload has been on the rise within the nation with greater than 70,000 new infections reported within the nation on Thursday.