The Athletics Federation of India has requested the government to give priority to Olympic-bound athletes for the COVID-19 vaccine.


The AFI has asked the government to first vaccinate athletes associated with the Olympics.© AFP



The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) said on Wednesday that it has requested the government to prioritize Olympic-bound Athletes When a COVID-19 vaccine is available. Several countries, including India, are trying to develop a coronovirus vaccine. The Indian government is considering vaccinating first-line workers, army personnel and certain categories. “We have already discussed this with the government and told them that we will need (vaccines) for this Our athletes Going to the Olympics, “AFI President Adile Sumirwala said during a webinar. We need to make sure after the vaccine comes out, they (Olympic bound athletes) Should be one of the first batches to get it and discussion has already been done about it, ”he said.

When asked if a player is apprehensive about being vaccinated like tennis star Novak Djokovic, or the vaccine may cause dope control problems, national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand said athletes are eager for it.

“I don’t think there will be a problem with the athletes. They are only waiting for the vaccine to arrive. There will be trails that will ensure that the players feel confident while taking the vaccine,” Gopichand said.

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Sumirwala said that since all countries around the world are suffering from the epidemic, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) should be aware that these (potential vaccines) are not meant to increase performance.

“I do not think there is an issue with dope control as it is a worldwide thing. Wada must have taken adequate cognizance of the fact that these are not performance enhancing drugs and are raised to protect health and wellbeing.” ” he said.

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