IOC Chief Says Coronavirus Vaccine Not Mandatory To Compete At Tokyo Olympics
Athletes won't be required to take a coronavirus vaccine to compete at the Tokyo Olympics, IOC chief Thomas Bach said.
Thomas Bach added that mandatory shots would be "going too far".
Bach, who is in Tokyo to bolster confidence in the pandemic-postponed event, said taking a vaccine would be a "free decision" for athletes and others involved in the Games.
"There are too many issues to consider. This is a question of private health," the International Olympic Committee president said, during a tour of the Olympic Village.
"It is a question also of (the) health conditions of each and every person. It's a question of availability."
However, the IOC will "appeal" to athletes and others to be vaccinated, Bach added, calling it a "sign of respect" for other competitors and the Japanese hosts.