Tokyo Olympics: IOA asks five COVID-19 recovered athletes to get first dose of vaccine

Simranjit Kaur (60kg), a 2018 World Championships bronze medallist, is the lone boxer on the list while the other four are shooters, including 19-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary who won a silver medal at this year's ISSF World Cup in the men's 10m air pistol event.

The Indian Olympic Association has asked five Olympic-bound athletes, who have recovered from COVID-19 in the recent past, to take their first dose of the vaccine. (Representative Image)   -  AP (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)

The Indian Olympic Association has asked five Olympic-bound athletes, who have recovered from COVID-19 in the recent past, to take their first dose of the vaccine.

Simranjit Kaur (60kg), a 2018 World Championships bronze medallist, is the lone boxer on the list while the other four are shooters, including 19-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary who won a silver medal at this year's ISSF World Cup in the men's 10m air pistol event.

The other three are the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games gold medallist Rahi Sarnobat (women's 25m pistol), silver medallist at the same edition Deepak Kumar (10m air rifle) and veteran shotgun shooter Mairaj Ahmed Khan.

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"Request boxing and shooting to get needful done urgently and revert," IOA president Narinder Batra said in a statement on Sunday.

Simranjit had recently competed at the Asian Championships, losing her only bout, the semifinals, to settle for a bronze medal. The Tokyo Games will open on July 23.

The IOA said 120 athletes and 27 para-athletes have so far received at least one dose of the vaccine. It added that there are 62 fully vaccinated athletes, including four para-athletes.

Among coaches and support staff members, 114 have received their first shots while 37 are fully vaccinated.

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The IOA was supposed to provide details of the country's vaccinated athletes to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by May 27 and had asked the national federations to share the information.

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