IOC insists athletes MUST sign COVID-19 waivers ahead of Olympics this summer, despite stars to receive both doses of Pfizer vaccine ahead of Tokyo Games
The International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2021 organizers will require athletes at this summer’s Games to sign a waiver and assume all risks related to Covid-19 during the Olympic Games.
Similar forms have been signed by athletes at previous Games, but this year’s document has been updated with references to Covid-19.
The Tokyo Games waiver states that athletes participate at their own risk, including “ serious bodily injury or even death ” as a result of the Covid-19 transfer.
The IOC requires athletes at this summer’s Games to sign a waiver regarding Covid-19
Athletes will receive both doses of the Pfizer vaccine before the Games begin on July 23
Athletes will receive both doses of the Pfizer vaccine before the Games begin on July 23, in the hope that it will protect them from both catching and transmitting the virus.
The IOC’s chief operating officer, Lana Haddad, told Yahoo Sports that “entry forms for previous Games were in place and updated with Covid-19-related considerations.”
She added that this was “to provide transparency and ensure the informed consent of the participants in the Games,” before insisting that such forms were “within the framework of the law.”
The IOC and the Japanese government insist that the Olympic Games will take place in a safe manner
The IOC and the Japanese government insist that the Olympics will take place in a safe manner, usually keeping participants isolated from the general public.
Japan extended the state of emergency in Tokyo and other areas Friday, however, after having been under emergency orders for about a month due to the pandemic.
The IOC nevertheless claims that at least 80 percent of the people staying in the Olympic Village on Tokyo Bay will have been vaccinated at the start of the Games.