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‘I’d rather miss the Olympics than get the vaccine,’ says sprinter Yohan Blake – Prime Time Zone

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The declaration of the athlete, who is considered one of the fastest in history, came shortly after participating in competition in Jamaica; Olympic Games Organizing Committee will not require vaccine to enter Japan and participate in events

2011 world champion in the 100 meters and silver medal winner in the double sprint at the 2012 London Olympics, Blake said he hopes to compete internationally in May

Jamaican star sprinter Yohan Blake told the newspaper on Saturday Jamaica Gleaner, who prefers to miss the Olympic Games, which are likely to be the last, than to get any vaccine against Covid-19. The athlete’s declaration came shortly after winning third place in the 200 meters in competition in Jamaica. “My head is still strong, I don’t want any vaccine, I’d rather miss the Olympics than get the vaccine, I’m not going to,” said Blake, who recently launched a sports rehabilitation center and remains the second fastest man in US history. 100 meters and 200 meters with times of 9.69 seconds and 19.26 seconds, respectively. “I have my reasons,” he added.

Blake, who is the 2011 world champion in the 100 meters, in addition to winning the silver medal in the double sprint at the 2012 London Olympics, added that he hopes to compete internationally in May. “I’m looking forward to becoming an international in May.” The Organizing Committee of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced, at the beginning of the month, that there will be no vaccination requirement to enter Japan and participate in the events. In the code, however, the vaccine topic encourages athletes to be vaccinated as soon as priority groups are immunized in their countries.

Still according to the Jamaica Gleaner, the Jamaican government recently announced that the country will receive its first shipment of vaccines against the new coronavirus next week. Saturday’s meeting was one of eight that took place across the island, marking a large-scale return to athletics for the first time since the outbreak of the virus in Jamaica.

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