Vaccination against the coronavirus will not be mandatory for athletes during the Tokyo Olympics. IOC President Thomas Bach said so on Tuesday.
The Olympics, scheduled for summer 2020, have been postponed until next summer due to the pandemic. Requiring vaccines would be “going too far”, judged Mr. Bach, visiting Tokyo to try to convince the Japanese population and the sponsors of the 2020 Olympics that the event could be held in July with spectators, despite the recent upsurge infections.
But while he did confirm that the IOC would encourage athletes to get vaccinated before taking part in the Games, he stressed to the press that there would be no “no obligation”.
The Olympic Games are scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8 and the Paralympic Games from August 24 to September 5.
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