Eighty-three percent of the U.S. players vying for a spot in the Tokyo Olympics are fully vaccinated for the Covid-19 virus. These reports were released by the Medical Officer from the authorities. This is a higher number than that of the common people being vaccinated in the U.S. It is also higher than Japan’s vaccination rate.
83% Of U.S. Athletes Vaccinated At Tokyo Games Village
Everybody associated with the Olympics is happy about this. The opening ceremony for the Summer Games was held last week. Thousands of players from around the world marched into a more-or-less empty stadium. The spectators have been banned at stadiums.
In accordance with the reports raised by the International Olympic Committee, 13 percent of players have been infected. The IOC had not initially made any mandate to have only full-vaccinated individuals for the games.
The American athletes who have been infected are beach volleyball player Taylor Crabb and gymnastics team alternate Kara Eaker. The 3×3 women’s basketball team members Katie Lou Samuelson and tennis player Coco Gauff tested positive before going to Japan. The NBA star Bradley Beal was also placed in USA Basketball’s health and safety protocols and left the show.
Team From Czech Republic Investigated After Team Infection
Sic members of a delegation from the Czech Republic including four athletes also tested positive for the virus. This led the Czech Olympic Committee to launch an investigation. Investigations are underway to find how the virus invaded all the protocols.
The place carried only 42 people, including 14 adults. The plane had landed in Tokyo last week. The reports say that most of the people on board did not wear masks. And, there was an unvaccinated doctor amongst the travelers. This could have probably led to the infection.
One of the Olympians, Markéta Nausch-Sluková, the volleyball player is out of the games due to infection. The Olympian’s dreams were destroyed. Along with her, her husband also tested positive for Covid.
Background Of The Scenario At Tokyo
More than 11,000 athletes are taking part in the Tokyo Olympics. However, there was no stringent norm that stated that all of them, need to be fully vaccinated. However, the IOC says that it was encouraged.
Despite the shortage of vaccines around the world, the IOC had tied up with Pfizer to donate more vaccines to the Olympics community. Still, the members chose not to get the vaccine. International athletes are being tested every day.
Although 83 percent seems good to the ears. Almost 100 people from the game village have tested positive for the virus. Questions are doing the rounds as to why the game festival was not canceled. Here, the IOC is the ultimate authority. Tokyo is just the host. Only IOC has the right to cancel the event.
The IOC makes a lot of money from broadcast rights and sponsorship. The games were scheduled to go ahead, to lift the spirits of the sports fraternity and the common people in general.
If Tokyo Olympics Community cancels the event amidst the show, the losses will be on the Japanese side. This is also not something that Japan would desire. Several athletes from Japan itself had pulled out of the game fiesta, amidst rising fears of co-infection. The World Player’s Association has expressed concern over the whole fiasco.
If the IOC wants to continue the fest, it has to ramp up efforts for close monitoring of the situation. Moreover, more norms are required to safeguard the players from the virus invasion.
Only strict physical distancing and close monitoring are the keys. And, since the games have started now, the world is keeping fingers crossed.