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Athletes will wait their turn to be vaccinated

After the compulsory tests, the deputies wonder about the establishment of a “vaccination card” for the sportsmen. Especially for those who will be competing in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

After the compulsory tests, the deputies wonder about the establishment of a “vaccination card” for the sportsmen. Especially for those who will be competing in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

(ASdN) – Should Olympic Games athletes be vaccinated as a priority? To this question, Dan Kersch (LSAP) is adamant: the answer is no. “It is not appropriate, and even less for their coaches”, justifies the Minister of Sports in a parliamentary response published on Thursday.

If he does not exclude the question for all that, the Minister considers that it is indeed “not the moment” to think about it, having as yet little information on the maintenance of world competition, and the conditions under which it will take place. “We do not yet know the requirements that will be put in place for athletes, coaches and spectators,” he emphasizes.


Until then firmly opposed to the introduction of any device that would allow vaccinated people to have more rights than others, Luxembourg is putting a little water in its wine by evoking, Friday, its desire to “continue the reflections” .


Pending such clarifications, the issue of setting up a “vaccination card for the Olympic Games” is therefore not on the agenda either. “At this stage it is not at all certain that such a pass is required”, insists Dan Kersch who recalls that the government “is not the organizer of the Olympics”.

In addition, it is up to COSL to decide whether or not Luxembourg athletes will be able to participate in the competition, which has been postponed from July 23 to August 8, 2021 in Tokyo. A choice which will depend on whether “national interests are at stake”. But for now, the minister wants to be reassuring: “I see no danger [à une participation, ndlr] for the time being”.

As a reminder, sports competitions are – in Luxembourg – currently conditional on submission to an anti-covid test. A provision that did not fail to make the Luxembourg Football Federation (FLF) react last month, before changing its mind. The federation nevertheless announced Tuesday the end of the football championships, now only the meetings of elite athletes.


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