Dutch athletes who participate in the Olympic Games are not obliged to be vaccinated against the corona virus. That says a spokesperson for NOC*NSF in response to the new guidelines of the American Olympic Committee.
It states that all American athletes who want to participate in the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing must be vaccinated. The vaccination obligation does not only apply to athletes, but also to all coaches and other staff members.
The obligation applies from November 1 and is also in force at all training facilities of the American sports umbrella. An exception is only made for athletes and staff members with a medical or religious exemption, but they must be tested daily for the corona virus.
“This will help us better create a safe and productive environment for Team USA,” said CEO Sarah Hirshland. “This gives us continuity again in the planning, preparation and service we offer to athletes. This pandemic is far from over.”
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had urged all Olympic participants in Tokyo to be vaccinated beforehand, but did not make it mandatory. Last summer, more than 600 American athletes took part in the Tokyo Olympics, about 100 of which had not been vaccinated.
NOC*NSF maintains that athletes are not obliged, but gives athletes an urgent advice to do so. In Tokyo, more than 99 percent of the Dutch Olympians had been vaccinated.