According to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), up to 148 athletes from all sports, including those who have qualified for the upcoming Games in Tokyo, have already received their first dose of vaccination against COVID-19.
Of those 148 athletes, 17 received both doses and 131 received their first shot, IOA President Narinder Batra said.
These 148 include potential athletes who could make it to the Tokyo Olympics, which open on July 23.
In addition, 13 athletes associated with the Tokyo Paralympic Games received their first vaccine, while two received both doses. The Paralympic Games in Tokyo open on August 24.
The total number of athletes (including para-athletes) who received at least their first dose by May 20 was 163.
Giving “the vaccination status of Tokyo-linked Indian athletes and officials on the long list of May 20,” Batra said 87 employees received a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 23 were fully vaccinated.
So far, more than 90 Indian athletes in various sports have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, which has been postponed since last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Olympic shooters, who are currently training in Croatia, will be vaccinated there, as they are expected to fly directly to Tokyo from there, NRAI reported.
Some of them have already received their first blows in India before leaving for Croatia, and will receive their second dose in that country.
Swordsman Bhavani Devi also received his first shot at his training base in Italy, while weightlifter Mirabay Chanu is expected to receive his shots in the United States.