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Coaches Want Shooters to Take Covid-19 Shots; No Word from Government

While there could also be apprehensions amongst Olympic Games-bound athletes about taking the Covid-19 vaccine shot — and its attainable side-effects – a number of the prime Indian taking pictures coaches really feel athletes ought to allay these fears in order to not compromise on their preparations. On the opposite hand, some shooters haven’t made up their minds on taking the shot.

Interestingly, the union well being ministry has not but responded to the “several letters that” the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has written to on the problem of vaccination of the Olympic-bound athletes.

“We have written several letters to the Health Ministry but are yet to get a response,” IOA secretary-general Rajiv Mehta informed IANS.

National shotgun coach Mansher Singh, whose wards coated themselves with glory on the just lately concluded ISSF World Cup in New Delhi, is in favour of athletes taking the shot.

“This (vaccine shot) will provide immunity for sure and ensure our athletes have a shorter recovery time in case they catch the dreaded virus,” mentioned the previous Olympian and lure marksman.

Singh mentioned he would take the 2 photographs quickly, earlier than the group leaves for the ISSF World Cup in Lonato subsequent month. “I want to be properly immunised against the virus. We cannot afford to have a long recovery period at this crucial phase,” he identified.

A sense amongst some taking pictures coaches is that even when the vaccine supplies partial immunity, it could assist in fast restoration if an athlete contracts the virus, and that might guarantee his coaching forward of the Olympics will not be compromised.

Deepak Dubey, coach of main Indian rifle shooter Divyansh Panwar, mentioned he too was in favour of his ward taking the shot in order that he can consider his final objective of profitable an Olympic medal.

“Apart from the fact that a few athletes are apprehensive about the possible side-effects, there is a misconception that taking the vaccine could result in a doping violation. This is totally misplaced. Athletes should not think on those lines as vaccines don’t contain performance-enhancing drugs,” he mentioned.

Mansher mentioned it could be higher for athletes to take the vaccines quickly because the length between the primary and the second shot must be six to eight weeks. “So, by the time the Games are round the corner, we’ll be assured that our training does not suffer even if someone tests positive as the recovery would probably be much faster,” he mentioned.

Rifle shooter Sanjeev Rajput, who’s one amongst 15 marksmen to have earned a Tokyo Olympic quota place for India, mentioned he has “no personal view” on taking the vaccine shot. He, nonetheless, mentioned that “if the Japan Olympic Association makes it mandatory for getting into Tokyo, then we will have no choice but to take it”.

Rapid-fire pistol shooter Anish Bhanwala mentioned he has “not yet made up his mind” on taking the vaccine shot.

National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) secretary Rajiv Bhatia admitted that there’s apprehension amongst some athletes vis-a-vis Covid vaccine photographs with out naming them. He additionally mentioned that the federation wouldn’t pressure anybody to take the shot.

“It’s their individual choice. If the International Olympic Committee and the IOA make it mandatory, then everyone has to follow the norms,” he mentioned.

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