Indian rowers, men archers get 1st Covid shot

NEW DELHI, APR 4 (IANS) | Publish Date: 4/4/2021 12:55:25 PM IST

India’s leading rowers and archers preparing for this year’s Olympic Games at the Army’s training centre in Pune have got the first doses of Covid-19 vaccine, a coach familiar with the development said on Sunday. “The first dose of the vaccine has been given. The second dose will be administered next week. The rowers have got vaccines not because they are top athletes but because they are employed with the Indian Army,” chief national coach Ismail Baig told IANS from Pune.

The Union health is mum on the issue of providing Covid-19 vaccines to those athletes who have qualified for the Olympic Games, to be held in Tokyo in July-August, despite the Indian Olympic Association having written to it several times.

The men’s four-member rowing team is preparing for the World Rowing Asia Oceania Continental Olympic and Paralympic qualification regatta, to be held in May 5-7 in Tokyo.

Baig, who will accompany the national squad, has got his first dose of Covid-19 vaccine from Pune’s local civil hospital. “I got it because Ia¿m 54. I will get my second shot soon,” he said.

However, the four-member women’s team training in Bhopal for the Asian qualification tournament is yet to receive the vaccine. “We have no idea about the women’s team vaccination as they are training at a different venue,” said Baig.


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