Bangladesh Olympic Association will complete the Covid-19 vaccination on its athletes next week after the health ministry allocated vaccines for the Olympic participants.
“We will vaccinate our participants before sending them to Tokyo, as per the instruction of the International Olympic Committee. The health ministry has already allocated vaccines for them. The process will start next week,” BOA Director General Brig Gen (retd) Fakhruddin Haider told the reporters on Wednesday.
Among the Olympic participants, shooter Abdullah Hel Baki has already been vaccinated. Swimmer Junaina Ahmed has already taken the first dose of the vaccine and is now waiting for the second dose.
“She (Junaina) got the first dose as the England government opened vaccination for all ages. We failed to register her name for the second dose but the government has assured us,” said Junaina’s father Jubayer Ahmed.
Archer Ruman Shana and his other seven teammates were expected to be vaccinated on Wednesday before leaving for France on June 17 for the upcoming World Cup stage three, but the process has been deferred for a week.
The event is scheduled to be held on June 21-27 in Paris.
“All members were expected to be vaccinated on Wednesday but the process has been deferred for a week. Hopefully, it will be done next week. We must be vaccinated before taking part in World Cup stage three because there will be no quarantine in France,” said assistant coach Ziaul Haque.
Among others, athlete Jahir Raihan is also expected to be vaccinated soon. Swimmer Ariful Islam, who is in France on a three-year Olympic scholarship, will get his vaccine on Friday.