Sports Ministry seeks MEA’s help to get Neeraj Chopra and other overseas-based athletes vaccinated-Sports News , Novi Reporter

Sports activities Ministry seeks MEA’s assist to get Neeraj Chopra and different overseas-based athletes vaccinated-Sports activities Information , Novi Reporter

The sportspersons embrace javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who relies in Uppasala in Sweden, boxers Manish Kaushik, Satish Kumar, Pooja Rani and Simranjeet Kaur who’re in Assisi, Italy, and wrestlers Ravi Dahiya and Deepak Punia, who’re in Russia.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Sports Ministry seeks MEA’s help to get Neeraj Chopra and other overseas-based athletes vaccinated

File picture of Neeraj Chopra. AP

New Delhi: With much less then three weeks to go for the Tokyo Olympics, the Sports activities Ministry has sought the help of the Ministry of Exterior Affairs to finish the COVID-19 vaccination of seven Indian athletes and 17 assist workers now based mostly abroad.

The sportspersons embrace javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who relies in Uppasala in Sweden, boxers Manish Kaushik, Satish Kumar, Pooja Rani and Simranjeet Kaur who’re in Assisi, Italy, and wrestlers Ravi Dahiya and Deepak Punia, who’re in Russia.

In Sweden, Covishield (AstraZeneca) is offered just for these above the age of 65. Italy’s vaccination coverage makes it troublesome for the Indian boxers to obtain their second pictures of Covishield there whereas Russia has solely Sputnik vaccine.

It’s probably that the Indians athletes and the assist workers will get their second doses within the Indian missions in these international locations.

The 4 boxers and 11 teaching and assist workers, who want the vaccine, had been initially slated to return to India from their base in Italy on 8 July.

The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) wrote to the federal government to let the boxers proceed coaching in Italy until it leaves for Tokyo. It thus turned necessary for the MEA’s help to make sure that the 15 members are totally vaccinated.

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Although the Tokyo Olympic Committee for the Olympic Video games has not made it obligatory for the athletes and officers to be vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 , India determined to vaccinate its athletes, coaches and assist workers on a precedence foundation to make sure their security, the Sports activities Authority of India (SAI) mentioned in a press launch on Monday.

Moreover, another athletes are because of get their respective second doses quickly. Shooters Rahi Sarnobat, Saurabh Chaudhary and Deepak Kumar will obtain their vaccination in Zagreb, Croatia.

Tennis participant Ankita Raina will get her second dose within the Excessive Fee of India in London whereas Judoka Shushila Devi will full her vaccination in New Delhi.

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