Mostly Tokyo-bound Pakistan contingent get vaccinated, says POA

By our correspondent

LAHORE: Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) on Friday said that majority of the persons of the Olympics-bound contingents have been vaccinated.

“As confirmed by the respective national federations and concerned individuals a maximum number of participants of Pakistan contingent have already been vaccinated and some are in the process of a second dose which hopefully will be completed by mid of this June,” the POA said..

“NOC Pakistan is in close contact with the national federations and participants of the Pakistan contingent and will ensure that all the participants are fully vaccinated before travelling to Japan following all the instructions of Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee and Government of Japan,” the NOC added.

“The OPA  has already completed the process of online accreditation for athletes and coaches and officials of athletics, equestrian and shooting. The athletes of these sports have already stand qualified for participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The female athlete belonging to athletics having the Universality Place will attend these Games,” POA said.

The POA said that it in consultation with the Pakistan Swimming Federation have also requested FINA for the universality place in swimming for one male and one female athlete for Pakistan and awaiting announcement of FINA by July 1, 2021.

“Side by side NOC Pakistan has also completed the online accreditation for the athletes and coaches and officials of badminton, judo, gymnastics, karate, taekwondo, weightlifting and wrestling being the probables who may get qualification, invitation places from the Olympic Games Tripartite Commission. Taekwondo and wrestling qualification rounds have been completed and athletes of both these sports performed very well but however could not make their place in the round,” the NOC said.

It said that NOC Pakistan has also completed and submitted accreditation of IPC minister  Dr Fehmida Mirza as a Dignitary of Pakistan to the Organizing Committee on May 21, 2021.

“The IOC and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Organizing Committee are making all out efforts in ensuring these Games to be organized in a safe and secure environment for each and everyone during these difficult times of pandemic all over the world. Accordingly, certain instructions on Covid-19 countermeasures for the participants of all the NOCs including media and dignitaries before travelling to Japan have already been given. NOC Pakistan expeditiously passed on these instructions to all the quarters concerned for their information and compliance,” POA said.