There was tremendous outrage at the competitor’s proposal to allow Olympians to receive injections without waiting time. The issue is also very interesting from the Hungarian point of view, there is no provision in the government decree on vaccination of elite athletes either.
The vaccination of German athletes preparing for the Tokyo Olympics or already with quotas against the extraordinary coronavirus was initiated by Max Hartunk, the head of the organization representing the interests of the competitors. The 31-year-old four-time European champion swordsman has been the subject of plenty of attacks on social media.
“I think they misunderstood what I said”
Hartung stressed on the Funke Media Group website. “Of course, I didn’t think of pushing us in front of everyone, nor did my fellow competitors want to overtake anyone in the high-risk groups, but I wanted to draw attention to the fact that we, elite athletes, put our health and our family and relatives at risk. There was no legislation on our vaccination. ” According to Hartung, the Olympic qualifiers, where competitors from all over the world come, pose an extra safety risk from an epidemiological point of view.
“Epidemiological standards are not the same in the countries of the world, the rules are very strict in much of Europe, but it’s worth nothing if we have to compete, be in a bubble with a more relaxed treatment of the coronavirus epidemic, consciousness is already extremely worrying.”
The swordsman declared. “I think it would be more reassuring if we were vaccinated, in which case there would be a significant reduction in the risk of years of work being wasted because we catch the infection before the Olympics.” The fencer does not want Olympians to be required to receive the vaccine.
“We don’t have the right to have a say in people’s decisions to such an extent, but we do have the right and that’s why we fight to see whoever wants to get vaccinated from my fellow competitors have the opportunity to do so. I am convinced that there will be far more athletes who choose to be vaccinated than there are those who refuse to do so. ”
The issue is also very interesting from the Hungarian point of view, there is no provision in the government decree on vaccination of elite athletes either. There is also no information available on Emmi’s website about vaccinating competitors. The Hungarian women’s water polo team will take part in an Olympic qualifying tournament in Trieste from Sunday. Our newspaper received information from the Hungarian association that the members of the team have been making bubbles in a bubble for a month, and in addition to the strictest epidemiological measures, the players are constantly tested. FINA, the international organization for water sports, will be responsible for the qualifying competition, which will apply the same rules to the tournament – hermetic segregation of participants, press staff can only communicate with participants online – as in the men’s World League series, which ended on Sunday in Debrecen. were in force. We also contacted the Hungarian Olympic Committee, from which the following written reply was received:
“The task of the Hungarian Olympic Committee is to represent the interests of the athletes and their helpers preparing for the Olympics. In this case, all we can do is draw the attention of decision-makers to the fact that vaccinated athletes will be able to participate in qualifying competitions with greater safety and fewer complications, and that a current illness is certainly a loss to the summer form. for our athletes too ”
Wrote the MOB.
They picked me up with the former tennis player
It was a huge echo in Slovakia that Dominika Cibulkova, a professional tennis player who retired in 2019, was vaccinated out of turn. The former player, who won the 2016 WTA World Championship, was put on the waiting list with her husband in one of the hospitals in Bratislava, according to an article in the New Word. The relevant health institute apologized for the national outrage and announced in a statement that the Cibulkova emergency worker would not be involved in the administration of those waiting to be vaccinated in the future. The former female tennis player also apologized on the community page, writing she didn’t think she was making a mistake and encouraging everyone to vaccinate herself. After the incident, several Slovak media wrote that presumably the former tennis player was not the only known athlete to get the vaccine out of turn.
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