The Chinese Olympic Committee has offered to make “additional vaccine doses” available to athletes ahead of the Tokyo Games and the Winter Games in Beijing in 2022. International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach says in true Olympic spirit, his organization will also pay for Paralympic athletes to receive it. No details got about who is going to be eligible.
The Chinese Olympic Committee has offered vaccine doses to be used for participants at this year’s Tokyo Olympics and therefore the Beijing 2022 Winter Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed.
The Tokyo Olympics, postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, were the primary Games outside wartime to be moved but are rescheduled for July 23 to August 8.
Due to the delay, the Beijing Games will now start just over six months after Tokyo.
He did not provide any details on the number of doses or who would be eligible to receive them. The Olympics involve quite 10,000 athletes while usually tens of thousands more people are involved within the Games as a coaching staff, media, volunteers, and officials.
“The Chinese Olympic Committee is prepared, in cooperation with the IOC, to form these additional doses available either via collaboration with international partners or directly in countries where agreements regarding Chinese vaccines are in place”, said Bach.
“The IOC can pay for the extra doses of vaccines not just for Olympic but also Paralympic teams.
“For each of those doses, the IOC can pay for 2 doses more which may be made available to the population within the respective countries”.