India, South Asia teams to be vaccinated before Tokyo Olympics: IOC | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

Tokyo: Olympic delegations from India and five South Asian neighbors will be vaccinated ahead of the Tokyo Games, organizers said on Friday, as the event raised concerns over the risk of an outbreak of coronovirus variants.
The move affects delegations coming from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Nepal, Tokyo 2020 and the International Olympic Committee.
The six countries are subject to Japan’s highest level of border restrictions due to concerns about the so-called Indian version of the virus.
The IOC said the National Olympic Committees of the six countries have also agreed to conduct additional testing of the delegation members, which is beyond the two tests within 96 hours of the trip to Japan already required by existing regulations.
Details of additional testing were not specified.
Tokyo 2020 organizers declined to say whether media and other participants coming from six countries would have to be vaccinated to enter Japan, saying it was still in consultation with the local government.
The IOC has said that it expects 80 percent of the people living in the Olympic Village during the Games to be vaccinated by the time they reach Japan.
But organizers are facing strong domestic opposition in Japan to host the Games this summer, with most of the support with further postponement or outright cancellation.
Japan is currently battling a fourth wave of virus infection and the government is extending a state of emergency in Tokyo and other regions until June 20, exactly one month before the Games.

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