Pakistan contingent likely to travel to Tokyo next month

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POA seeks ‘Bio-Secure Bubble’ for Olympics-bound contingent


Lahore

Under the instructions of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) has demanded government’s support in its efforts to keep the Tokyo-bound contingent in a ‘Bio-Secure Bubble’ for at least two weeks ahead of its departure.

‘It is learnt from well-placed sources that 40-member Pakistan contingent is expected to travel to Tokyo near mid-July 2021.

“We have been communicated by the IOC that it is a must to keep the traveling contingent in a ‘Bio-secure Bubble’ for two weeks ahead of its departure for Tokyo.

For the purpose, we would be requiring governmental support so that foolproof arrangements could be made to keep the contingent in a secure environment,” the PCB official said.

Six National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of South Asia have earlier pledged to the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organisers that their delegations will be completely vaccinated before reaching Japan.

These pledges came from the NOCs of Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

All of these NOCs have also assured the IOC and Tokyo organisers that they will conduct additional testing of their delegation members prior to the departure, over and above the requirements of the Playbooks.—APP