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Tokyo Olympics: Some Team GB athletes are REFUSING Covid-19 vaccine, reveals BOA chief

Team GB athletes are REFUSING to take the Covid-19 vaccine ahead of Tokyo 2020 despite being offered fast-track jabs, reveals British Olympic Association chief… as he admits stance of some ‘is not that helpful’

Some Team GB athletes are refusing to have the Covid vaccine ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, the head of the British Olympic Association has revealed.

The British delegation have been offered fast-tracked jabs so their stars can be fully vaccinated before visiting Japan.

However, BOA chief executive Andy Anson admitted: ‘There are individuals who didn’t want to be vaccinated and we are trying to convince them it is the right thing to do.

Some Team GB athletes are refusing to have the Covid vaccine ahead of the Tokyo Olympics

BOA chief executive Andy Anson admitted that such a stance from athletes was 'not helpful'

BOA chief executive Andy Anson admitted that such a stance from athletes was ‘not helpful’

‘It is not mandatory, people have the right to choose and we have to respect that, but it’s not necessarily that helpful.’

Vaccines are not compulsory for athletes to take part in the Olympics but Tokyo 2020 chiefs have been encouraging participants to get them.

The BOA wrote a letter to Tokyo 2020 organisers earlier this month pledging to do ‘everything we can to get the entire team fully vaccinated before we depart for Japan’.

Anson told The Sports Desk podcast: ‘We have been undergoing this mammoth programme of vaccination of the whole Team GB entourage, so well over 1,000 people, trying to get the vast majority vaccinated before they get on the plane.

Vaccines are not compulsory for athletes to take part in the Olympics but Tokyo 2020 chiefs are encouraging them

Vaccines are not compulsory for athletes to take part in the Olympics but Tokyo 2020 chiefs are encouraging them

‘I’m pretty sure that nearly everyone will have at least one dose and well over 90 per cent will have over two doses and we will keep trying right until the last minute.’

This week two Ugandan athletes tested positive after arriving in Japan despite being fully vaccinated, prompting fears British medal hopefuls could miss their events because of positive cases.

Anson added: ‘I’d be a little naive if I said there weren’t going to be. We’ve got to plan that there will be cases.

‘Part of our contingency plan is that we anticipate that and when there are cases, we manage them properly.

‘A big element of that is getting everyone vaccinated because when an athlete tests positive, being vaccinated gives you a chance to get out of any quarantine environment earlier than if you are not vaccinated.’

Two Ugandan athletes tested positive after arriving in Japan despite being fully vaccinated

Two Ugandan athletes tested positive after arriving in Japan despite being fully vaccinated

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