Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake has shockingly revealed he would rather miss the Tokyo 2020 Olympics than take the Covid-19 vaccine.
Blake, who is an Olympic Gold medallist, has an illustrious career with track events. He won silver in the 100m and 200m at London 2012 and then gold in the 100m relay in 2012 and Rio 2016. He made the comments after Olympic organisers in Japan unveiled their plans to make sure athletes’ were safe concerning their health protocols.
But the 31-year-old isn’t convinced yet about the vaccine, and told the Jamaican Gleaner,
“My mind still stays strong, I don’t want the vaccine.
“I would rather miss the Olympics than take the vaccine.
“I am happy. I don’t want to get into it right now, but I have my reasons.”
Organisers have noted that athletes won’t be compelled to take the vaccine to compete in Tokyo, but anyone that doesn’t comply with the stringent Covid-19 protocols will be removed from the competition.
Athletes have been asked not to sing, hug and shake hands. They must also avoid physical contact in the Olympic Village.
In essence, what this means is that, athletes cannot have sex in the Olympic Village, which is normal before now and they may not be allowed to sing their national anthem on stage, although that is unlikely to be enforced reported the Punch.
Another measure put in place is that, athletes will be tested for COVID-19 every four days. Competitors and officials can only leave their hotel rooms to go to official venues and are prohibited to use public transport.
The effort to ensure the Tokyo 2020 Games go ahead hasn’t been easy, with more than 1,000 volunteers opting out because of COVID-19 concerns and sexist comments made by former organising committee head Yoshiro Mori.