— Published 10 June 2021

Japan to vaccinate its journalists


With less than 45 days to go before the opening of the Tokyo Games (D-43 on Thursday, June 10th), the vaccination campaign for future accredited journalists at the Tokyo Games is progressing well. The IOC announced on Wednesday, June 9th, on the second day of its Executive Board meeting, that 80% of athletes would be vaccinated by the time of the Games. This means that only about 2,000 of the 10,900 athletes competing in the Olympic events will travel to Japan without having been fully vaccinated. To date, 8,300 athletes have already been partially or fully vaccinated. And this figure is increasing every day. Meanwhile, the President of the Tokyo 2020 Games Organising Committee, Seiko Hashimoto, confirmed during a press conference that the vaccination campaign in Japan would be extended in the coming weeks to cover not only athletes and their entourage, but also officials, volunteers and the Japanese media. Finally, the IOC said through the voice of Christophe Dubi, the director of the Olympic Games, that 8,500 athletes, i.e. 76% of all participants, had already qualified. The last tickets will be awarded in the coming weeks, either during final qualifying rounds or according to world rankings.