American swimmer Michael Andrew raised eyebrows on Thursday when he said it is unlikely he will be vaccinated before the Olympics in Tokyo.
Andrew is expected to participate in the 50 meter freestyle, 100 meter breaststroke and 200 meter individual medley. He admitted to reporters that he was concerned about the potential impact of the vaccine’s side effects on his training.
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“My reason behind it is that at first I was a bit of a last minute, I did not want to put anything in my body that I did not know how I would potentially react to,” he told reporters via Yahoo Sports. “As an elite level athlete, everything we do is very calculated. For me in the training cycle, especially up to trials, I would not risk any days out because we know there are periods where, getting the vaccine, you have to handle some days off.
“But as far as this goes, USA Swimming and all of us here have been through a very strict protocol with lots of tests, masks, socially distant, obviously staying away from the crowds, all that. And going into Tokyo, the same thing , with tests every day. So we feel very safe and protected, knowing that we minimize the risk as much as possible. “
ATTITUDE OF TOKYO OLYMPICS IN PANDEMIC CONSENSUS IN JAPAN
Andrew won four gold medals at the 201
Tokyo officials announced Thursday that the fighting was being held without spectators as the city came under a new state of emergency due to an increase in reported coronavirus cases.
About 11,000 Olympians along with media and sponsors are ready to come down to the countryside over the next few weeks. The International Olympic Committee said more than 80% of those living in the Olympic village will be vaccinated.
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With approx. 15% of Japanese residents are vaccinated against approx. 48% in the United States
The Associated Press contributed to this report.