As the Tokyo Olympic Games make its approach, five athletes from India who have secured their berths for the grand quadriennial event and have recovered from COVID-19, have been asked by the Indian Olympic Association to take their first dose of vaccine.
As of now, a total of 120 athletes and 27 para athletes have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 62 athletes, including four para athletes have been fully vaccinated, i.e., received the second dose as well.
Recently, the IOA was reached out to by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to provide details of the vaccination of the Indian athletes by 27th May. While the country’s governing body has forwarded the same to the various national federations.
At the same time, it has also asked five Olympic-bound athletes, who have recovered from the virus in recent times, to get their first shot. The five who will receive the first dose are Simranjit Kaur, Saurabh Chaudhary, Rahi Sarnobat, Deepak Kumar and Mairaj Ahmed Khan.
“Request boxing and shooting to get needful done urgently and revert,” a statement from IOA president Narinder Batra on Sunday read.
Competing in the 60 kg category, Simranjit is the lone boxer on IOA’s list. She tested positive for COVID back in April. The 2018 World Championships bronze medallist and 2019 Asian Championships silver medallist settled for a bronze at the recently concluded 2021 Asian Championships after sustaining a defeat in her only semi final bout.
Saurabh Chaudhary, the 19-year-old shooter clinched a silver medal at this year’s ISSF World Cup in the men’s 10m air pistol event. Competing in the women’s 25m pistol category, Rahi Sarnobat won gold at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games. In the same tournament, Deepak Kumar clinched a silver in the 10m air rifle category.
Back in 2015, Mairaj Ahmad Khan became the first Indian to clinch an Olympics berth in the shotgun skeet category, as well as won a Silver Medal at the 2016 ISSF World Cup Championship.