Dick Pound suggests that athlete immunisation is needed to stage Tokyo Olympic Games

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    Dick Pound, former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency and current senior International Olympic Committee (IOC) member suggests that athlete immunisation is the path to putting on the Tokyo Olympic Games.

    Currently, Japan is experiencing a wave of infections. Last week Tokyo and a few neighbouring prefectures asked the federal government to declare a state of emergency.

    There is growing concern as to whether the Games will go ahead with just six months to go.

    The Games were postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic. The increasing rate of infection as well as the discovery of the new variant is putting the Games in doubt.

    Pound told Sky News that he doesn’t feel that there would be an outcry, for example, in Canada if a few hundred of several million doses were allocated to athletes.

    “It’s a decision for each country to make and there will be people saying they are jumping the queue but I think that is the most realistic way of it going ahead.”

    The IOC is currently in talks with vaccine manufacturers.

    The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to run from July 23 to Aug. 8.

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