Mo Farah says Olympic athletes have been told they'll receive Covid-19 vaccine

Jane McGuire
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Photo credit: Dean Mouhtaropoulos - Getty Images
Photo credit: Dean Mouhtaropoulos - Getty Images

From Runner's World

  • Sir Mo Farah says athletes have been told they ‘will be able to get Covid injections’, allowing them to compete

  • He also says he is confident the Tokyo Olympic Games will go ahead this summer

  • However, the British Olympic Association stresses that the priority for vaccinations remains the vulnerable, elderly and frontline workers

Speaking on TalkSPORT, Farah said: ‘I think most people in a career want to go to an Olympics and take part in an Olympics. The key thing is to stay safe and see what the country can do. What they have said to us is basically everyone will be able to get Covid injections and after that there’s less risk of spreading the disease, and then from there just see what happens and take one day at a time.

‘I think [the Games] will go ahead but, at the same time, for me, I have had the experience of taking part in three Olympics and I have to see it as another race and see what happens.’

However, the British Olympic Association have made it clear they are not currently in talks with the UK Government over the matter, with a spokesperson telling the media: ‘As we have clearly stated, the priority at this time remains the vulnerable, elderly and frontline workers. We have not spoken to any athletes about vaccinations as we await a clearer understanding of the programme’s roll-out.’

Should the Games go ahead as scheduled, Farah – a double gold medallist in both the 5000m and 10,000m, who recently focused his efforts on the marathon – will just be targeting the 10,000m.

Speaking on Chris Evans’ Virgin Radio Breakfast Show in 2019, he said: 'After Chicago Marathon, I've taken a nice break with my family, just enjoyed being around my kids. And now for a little while, I was just thinking about Tokyo 2020. It's not too far away. And I've really enjoyed the marathon, but, you know, having competed in the 10,000 before at London and then Rio, I would I like to compete in the 10,000 metres. So come out of retirement and compete back on the track.'

The rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are due to start on Friday, July 23 and end on Sunday August 8.

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