AFI has requested the federal government to vaccinate Olympic-bound athletes first.© AFP
Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Wednesday stated it has requested the federal government to provide precedence to Olympic-bound athletes when a COVID-19 vaccine is out there. Several nations, together with India, are attempting to develop a coronavirus vaccine. The Indian authorities is contemplating inoculating the entrance line staff, military personnel and sure classes first. “We have already mentioned this with the federal government and advised them we’ll want it (vaccine) for our athletes going to the Olympics,” AFI President Adille Sumariwalla stated throughout a webinar. “We want to ensure as soon as the vaccine comes out, they (Olympic-bound athletes) needs to be amongst the primary batches to get it and the dialogue relating to that has already occurred,” he added.
Asked if any participant is apprehensive about getting inoculated, like tennis star Novak Djokovic, or if the vaccine may trigger downside with dope management, nationwide badminton coach Pullela Gopichand stated the athletes are trying ahead to it.
“I don’t think there will be an issue with the athletes, they are just waiting for the vaccine to come. There will be trails which will ensure the players are feeling confident when they take the vaccine,” Gopichand stated.
Sumariwalla stated since all of the nations throughout the globe are affected by the pandemic, the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) have to be conscious that these (potential vaccines) are usually not for enhancing efficiency.
“I don’t think there is any issue with dope control because it is worldwide thing. WADA would have taken enough cognisance of the fact that these are not performance enhancing drugs and that they have been taken to protect the health and well being,” he stated.
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