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IOC chief says Chinese vaccines to be obtained for Olympic athletes

  • March 12, 2021
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei
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Yomiuri, Mainichi, and Sankei wrote that International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Bach, who was reelected at a virtual general meeting on Wednesday, told reporters on Thursday that the Chinese Olympic Committee has offered to provide vaccines for athletes participating in this year’s Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games and next year’s Beijing Winter Olympics and the IOC is planning to purchase them. However, Bach did not provide the details of the plan, including the number of doses and the price.

 

In a related development, Thursday evening’s Nikkei and Mainichi wrote that Bach told reporters on Wednesday that he wants the decision on whether to allow overseas spectators at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games to be made “as soon as possible” but that he is willing to wait until “as long as possible” to finalize the number of spectators to be admitted to venues in order to take into account all developments in May and June. Mainichi noted that the IOC and four other organizing bodies of the Tokyo Games agreed on March 3 to make a decision on overseas spectators by the end of this month and then decide on the number of spectators in April.

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