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About 220 Singapore team athletes, coaches and officials completed COVID-19 vaccinations: SportSG

By on May 27, 2021 0

SINGAPORE: About 220 Singapore team athletes, coaches and officials have completed their COVID-19 vaccinations, with inoculation of athletes heading to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics an “immediate priority,” said said Sport Singapore (SportSG) Thursday, May 27).

Responding to questions from CNA, Singapore Sports Institute Director Toh Boon Yi said the vaccination process started earlier this year.

“We started vaccinating our athletes, coaches and officials in February and so far around 220 have completed their vaccinations,” Toh said.

“We will continue to gradually vaccinate key athletes, coaches and officials representing Singapore at the next major Games, by the end of May 2021. Likewise, more athletes, coaches and other officials will be gradually vaccinated.” until the end of the year. SEA games. “

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He also noted that with the approach of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, those who have an immediate need to travel to train or compete abroad, with regard to these two competitions, have been given priority.

He added: “Sport Singapore will ensure that the Singapore team contingent is vaccinated before the next major Games. Athletes with existing medical conditions will consult the Singapore Sport Institute medical team on their suitability to receive the vaccine. . “

The Tokyo Olympics, which have been postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will begin on July 23. A number of athletes, including Joseph Schooling, who is the reigning 100m butterfly champion, have already qualified for the Games.

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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday expressed his best wishes for the athletes heading to Tokyo.

“Our sports community is one of the groups hit hard by the pandemic,” Lee said in a Facebook post.

“The Singapore team has launched a campaign to support our athletes as they prepare for the Olympics and Paralympics, which were postponed last year due to COVID-19. Despite the disruption, they trained hard and made sacrifices, including postponing their studies. “

In response to questions from CNA, the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) said the athletes and their performance teams are working hard in the final stages of their preparation before the Tokyo Olympics.

“With the support of the government, national sports associations and Singaporeans in general, the Singapore team was able to continue training under the current safe management measures,” said a spokesperson for SNOC.

“We continue to work closely with the (International Olympic Committee), the Tokyo Organizing Committee and the respective Singapore agencies and authorities to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the contingent as they realize his Olympic aspirations. ”

After a fourth wave of COVID-19 cases, Japan is currently under its third state of emergency, which is expected to last until May 21.

Since their peak in mid-May, cases in Tokyo and Japan have started to decline. On Wednesday, the capital reported a total of 743 COVID-19 cases – a drop of 23.3% from two weeks earlier.

The Paralympic Games are scheduled to start on August 24 and end on September 5.

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