1028 GMT April 10, 2021
All Iranian athletes will receive doses of the COVID-19 vaccine before next year’s Tokyo Olympics, said Payman Fakhri, the head of the country’s sporting teams at the Games.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics were to be held in the Japanese capital last summer, before the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the organizing committee decided in March to move the Games to July and August 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The organizing committee of the Games has repeatedly insisted that vaccine doses – if developed – will be sent to the participant countries,” Fakhri told IRNA on Friday, adding that the Iranian athletes are guaranteed to get the vaccine in Tokyo “even if vaccines are not delivered to the country in time.”
“A scenario considered for the Olympics is, in a state of ‘emergency’ the athletes, travel to Tokyo to be quarantined for two weeks before the Games get underway,” Fakhri said.
“All athletes are to undergo a PCR test before leaving their home countries and upon arrival in Japan.”
Asked about the remainder of the qualification tournaments for the Olympics, Fakhri said, “Should the qualifiers be canceled due to the pandemic, the IOC will allocate Olympics berths to some countries based on the athletes’ global rankings and previous results.”
Speaking about the athletes’ preparations for the Olympics, Fakhri said, “With travel restrictions implemented around the world, the best decision would be to hold the training camps in Iran.”