Committee nonetheless figuring out vaccine coverage for Olympic athletes
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan mentioned late final 12 months that the circuit has no plans to make coronavirus vaccinations necessary for gamers nevertheless it stays to be seen if a lot of those self same athletes might be required to be vaccinated previous to competing on this 12 months’s Olympics in Japan.
Final month, U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee chief government Sarah Hirshland informed the Los Angeles Instances, “we’re actually very centered on constructing a vaccine plan. I received’t touch upon a agency coverage or the plan but.”
The Video games had been postponed a 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are scheduled to start in July. The Worldwide Olympic Committee has inspired potential athletes to get vaccinated. Whether or not that turns into necessary for golfers relies on quite a few elements.
BY Rex Hoggard
— December 17, 2020 at 12:01 PM
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan mentioned he’s inspired by vaccine information however is not going to mandate it for gamers and officers.
“I’ve not had any discussions thus far with both the U.S. Olympic Committee or the Worldwide Golf Federation a few mandate,” mentioned Andy Levinson, the manager director of USA Golf and a senior vp of event administration for the PGA Tour. “Availability and sources and issues like which can be nonetheless getting sorted out around the globe and the timeline through which some may obtain the vaccine versus others continues to be to be decided.”
Levinson, who led the Tour’s return to competitors following final 12 months’s quarantine, mentioned that whereas the Tour received’t require gamers or caddies to be vaccinated presently it’s an advocate for vaccinations.
“It’s as much as us, simply because it has been in every thing associated to the virus, to teach. We absolutely intend to teach all of our constituents on the deserves of taking the vaccine,” Levinson mentioned. “We’re not going to require it however we’re going to educate them on these deserves. By and huge, most of our constituents don’t have entry to the vaccine but and will not for the instant future.”