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Jamaican Sprinter Yohan Blake Willing To Miss Tokyo Olympics Over Coronavirus Vaccine Stance

Jamaican Sprinter Yohan Blake Willing To Miss Tokyo Olympics Over Coronavirus Vaccine Stance

According to the newly-released International Olympic Committee (IOC) playbook, it won't be compulsory for athletes competing in Tokyo to receive the coronavirus vaccine ahead of the Games.

This news left many fans and athletes raising their eyebrows.

But not Yohan Blake.

Jamaica's legendary 2016 4 x 100 metre team of Yohan Blake, Nickel Ashmeade, Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt. Credit: PA
Jamaica's legendary 2016 4 x 100 metre team of Yohan Blake, Nickel Ashmeade, Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt. Credit: PA
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The Jamaican sprinter has categorically stated that he will not be taking the COVID-19 vaccine and is more than happy to miss the Tokyo Games if he's forced to have the jab by Olympic officials.

"My mind still stays strong, I don't want the vaccine," he told Jamaican newspaper The Gleaner.

"I would rather miss the Olympics than take the vaccine, I am not taking it.

"I don't really want to get into it now, but I have my reasons."

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Until late last week, it was compulsory for athletes to have have the vaccine if they stood any chance of competing.

So for Blake, the loosening of the strict rules will come as good news.

As a two-time Olympic gold medallist, the speedster is a pivotal part of Jamaica's 4 x 100 metre relay team.

And with fellow countryman Usain Bolt retired from the sport, it could be Blake's perfect chance to win gold in the men's 100 and 200 metre events too.

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Yohan Blake. Credit: PA
Yohan Blake. Credit: PA

With the Games in Tokyo set to go ahead "at any cost", the IOC released new guidelines to ensure that the athletes remain safe at all times.

The playbook even included regulations which banned physical contact among the Olympians themselves, meaning hugging, high-fives, hugging and kissing were all prohibited and carried serious consequences if breached.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: olympics, olympic games, Jamaica, Tokyo Olympics, Coronavirus, Australia, Usain Bolt, Covid-19

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