Olympics: High-risk people must get priority over athletes for vaccine – Wiebe – Reuters

” The most important people that need to get the vaccine are front-line employees, those most at risk and people in long-term care houses– they are the ones that need to be prioritised.
Canadian gymnast Kyle Shewfelt, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Games in the mens flooring exercise, echoed compatriot Wiebes comments, stating the vaccine is “liquid gold”.
” From an ethical standpoint, it doesnt sit right (with me),” Shewfelt said. “They (professional athletes) are already healthy, theyre in an age bracket that hasnt been revealed to be super vulnerable to deadly results from this illness.

” As much as I want the Olympics to move on … there isnt a doubt in my mind where (vaccines) require to go. The Olympics can still move ahead securely, regardless of whether professional athletes get vaccinated or not.”
During his visit to Tokyo in November, International Olympics Committee President Thomas Bach said professional athletes would be encouraged to get the vaccine however it would not be compulsory for their participation in the Games.
Issues over whether the Olympics can be kept in Tokyo have actually increased in the last few weeks as COVID-19 cases rise in Japan and worldwide.

(Reuters) – Canadas Olympic fumbling champion Erica Wiebe has actually said frontline workers and susceptible individuals must be prioritised over Olympic professional athletes for the unique coronavirus vaccine.

FILE PHOTO: 2016 Rio Olympics – Wrestling – Victory Ceremony – Womens Freestyle 75 kg Victory Ceremony – Carioca Arena 2 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 18/08/2016. Erica Wiebe (CAN) of Canada kisses her medal. REUTERS/Toru Hanai Senior Olympics main Dick Pound said on Friday athletes need to be given priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine so the Tokyo Games can proceed as arranged from July 23.
Over 15,000 professional athletes from almost every nation on the planet are expected to take a trip to Tokyo for the Olympics and the subsequent Paralympics.
” I believe the Olympic movement stands in its pureness for a lot more than just putting athletes on stage to entertain the world,” Wiebe informed CBC.

Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris