TOKYO (JAPAN) – Olympics Minister Tamayo Marukawa has announced that Japanese athletes at the Summer Olympics will not be eligible for coronavirus vaccinations offered by China as Japan has not approved the vaccines.
“I think that will be a decision for countries where Chinese vaccines have been approved,” statew media quoted Marukawa.
“I don’t know of any Chinese companies that have applied for approval in Japan,” she added, saying Japanese athletes would not be eligible.
“We are taking comprehensive anti-infection measures so that people can feel secure about participating in the Tokyo Games, even without a vaccination,” the broadcaster quoted her as adding.
On Friday, Marukawa said there was no change in Tokyo organisers’ plans for a safe Games, regardless of whether participants had been vaccinated.
“There is no change that we are proceeding on the assumption of people not getting vaccinations.”
The Chinese Olympic Committee offered vaccine doses for participants of this year’s Tokyo Olympics and the Beijing 2022 Winter Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Thursday.
IOC President Thomas Bach’s announcement during an online session took organisers of the Tokyo games by surprise. Muto declined to comment on the offer at a Thursday briefing after the session.
The Tokyo Olympics are set to run from July 23 to Aug. 8.