Reezal: 242 athletes, officials complete both jabs


KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 242 out of the 264 athletes and officials involved in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have completed both doses of the Covid-19 vaccinations.

Among the athletes who received their second dose at the DBKL Sports Complex in Desa Tasik yesterday were All England badminton champion Lee Zii Jia, gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, recurve archer Khairul Anuar Mohamad, mixed doubles shuttler Goh Liu Ying and para athlete Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli.

The remaining athletes and officials, who received their first dose on April 12, such as the divers who are currently competing in the Diving World Cup in Tokyo, will get their second shot upon their return home.

The Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said none of the athletes going to the Olympics (July 23-Aug 8) and Paralympics (Aug 24-Sept 5) would be left out from being vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Reezal said track cyclists Azizulhasni Awang and Mohd Shah Firdaus Sahrom, who are training in Melbourne, will be vaccinated when they return in June if they have not been inoculated in Australia by then.

“If they receive the first vaccination on June 1, the second dose will be given on June 21.

“That means all athletes will have been vaccinated before July, ” he said. — Bernama

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