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

” The most crucial people that require to get the vaccine are front-line employees, those most at danger and people in long-lasting care homes– they are the ones that need to be prioritised.
Canadian gymnast Kyle Shewfelt, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Games in the guyss flooring exercise, echoed compatriot Wiebes comments, stating the vaccine is “liquid gold”.
” From a moral standpoint, it does not sit right (with me),” Shewfelt said. “They (professional athletes) are currently healthy, theyre in an age bracket that hasnt been revealed to be incredibly vulnerable to deadly outcomes from this disease.

SUBMIT 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 provided top priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine so the Tokyo Games can go on as arranged from July 23.
Over 15,000 professional athletes from practically every country worldwide are expected to travel to Tokyo for the Olympics and the subsequent Paralympics.
” I think the Olympic motion stands in its pureness for a lot more than simply putting athletes on phase to amuse the world,” Wiebe told CBC.

(Reuters) – Canadas Olympic fumbling champ Erica Wiebe has actually said frontline workers and vulnerable people should be prioritised over Olympic athletes for the novel coronavirus vaccine.

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

Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris