Team GB stars who refuse coronavirus vaccine will NOT be banned from Tokyo Olympics with 870-plus to be offered jab

Team GB stars who refuse coronavirus vaccine will NOT be banned from Tokyo Olympics with 870-plus to be offered jab

05/24/2021

TEAM GB stars who refuse the Covid vaccine will not be barred from competing at the Tokyo Olympics.

Last Saturday SunSport reported that more than 370 Olympians and about 500 support staff will be offered both jabs before flying.


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The option is being offered by the International Olympic Committee through their Pfizer inoculation scheme.

The British Olympic Association are discussing the logistics of getting doses to competitors spread around the world at various training camps.

Yet if any anti-vaxxers reject the offer, they will not be penalised and refused entry into Japan.

BOA boss Mark England said: “Having a vaccination is not a pre-requisite for going to the Games.

“It is not a pre-requisite from the IOC, the Tokyo government or ourselves.

“We are suggesting it is an opportunity to protect not only our own delegation but a great opportunity to protect the Japanese public as well. We are certainly encouraging that to happen.”

It is not a pre-requisite from the IOC, the Tokyo government or ourselves

More than 60 million vaccines doses have been administered in the UK according to Government data.

Asked if he anticipated that 100% of Team GB athletes would be vaccinated before travelling, England said: “I’m very hopeful that that is the case.

“We spent all weekend and will be continuing this week to work through the mechanics of that.

“We will prioritising the athletes in that. But this is not taking away vaccinations from the vulnerable or those in the age-related categories.

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“This is 100% taking the opportunity to take advantage of the IOC/Pfizer agreement.

“We have always said and we are steadfast that we would never queue jump. But the news that we will be vaccinated is great.

“So we will see how that rollout goes and I am very hopeful that everybody that will have the opportunity will take that up.”

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