Unvaccinated Russian minors won’t have to quarantine for Beijing

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MOSCOW, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Russia’s Olympic Committee chief mentioned on Wednesday it had acquired assurances from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that its Under-18 athletes wouldn’t be subjected to three weeks of quarantine forward of subsequent yr’s Beijing Winter Games.

China requires athletes and crew officers to be vaccinated to keep away from 21 days in quarantine forward of the Games, which run from Feb. 4 to Feb. 20. Some exceptions for medical causes might be granted on a case-by-case foundation. learn extra

“The IOC has confirmed that our athletes will not be put in quarantine because we are not allowed to vaccinate minors,” RIA news company quoted Stanislav Pozdnyakov, president of the Russian Olympic Committee, as saying. “We have seven such athletes at this point: three figure skaters and four freestyle skiers.”

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The IOC didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Russia on Wednesday registered a brand new Sputnik M vaccine for kids aged 12-17. Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova mentioned photographs have been anticipated to be accessible on the finish of December.

Russian athletes are barred from competing at main worldwide occasions, together with the Olympics, underneath their flag and with their anthem as a part of doping sanctions.

In Beijing, Russians will compete as representatives of the Russian Olympic Committee underneath the acronym “ROC”.

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Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Ed Osmond

President of the Olympic Committee of Russia Stanislav Pozdnyakov attends a welcoming ceremony after returning from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Moscow, Russia August 9, 2021.  REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

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