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Sport vaccination of Olympic athletes: Canoe President fears inequality of opportunity

13:26  25 february  2021
13:26  25 february  2021 Source:   sport1.de

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President Thomas Konietzko of the German Canoe Association (DKV) fears that German athletes will suffer considerable disadvantages at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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President Thomas Konietzko of the German Canoe Association (DKV) fears considerable disadvantages for German athletes at the Olympic Games in Tokyo if they are not vaccinated against Corona early . He assumed "that most of the athletes from other countries will come to Tokyo vaccinated. Equal opportunities could fall by the wayside," Konietzko told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

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This is why the 57-year-old asked to start the discussion about faster vaccination of athletes now. Of course this is difficult, "because a thousand other groups in Germany probably suffer even worse than competitive sport," said Konietzko: "But the time window for vaccinating our athletes is very small." A vaccination would have to take place during a period of rest in training and at a sufficient distance from the games in Tokyo (July 23 to August 8).

Above all, Konietzko raised a general question around which the discussion should revolve. "Is it so important to us as a society to have our athletes compete successfully in Tokyo, but also on an equal footing with others, that we actually think about giving preference to vaccination when all vulnerable groups are vaccinated?" He said.

Konietzko fears that in the event of a corona case, not only the infected person's Olympic dream could burst. "If someone on the team who was in the bladder before the Olympics tests positive, the entire team is likely to be eliminated because all direct contacts have to be quarantined," he said. In any case, high-performance athletes are "much more susceptible to infections and thus also run a greater risk".

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