The British Olympic Association has emphasized that vaccines for athletes training for the postponed Tokyo Games are not about speeding up. In order to ensure their opportunity to participate in the Japanese capital, longtime Canadian IOC member Dick Pound has indicated that Olympic athletes may be pushed up the priority list.
“According to the PA news agency, however, the BOA is not currently in active discussions with the government on the issue of athlete vaccinations. The comments of Dick Pound seem to contradict those of IOC President Thomas Bach (Mike Egerton/PA) Andy Anson, BOA chief executive, told the PA news agency, “Hopefully there will be a period before the Olympics when athletes will be considered for vaccination. Neither the IOC nor Tokyo officials have stated that vaccination for players in the Games will be mandatory. Japan is currently in the process of approving the vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech, which has already been launched in a number of countries, while Tokyo officials are weighing whether to declare a state of emergency due to the recent increase in cases.