One of Team USA’s premier swimmers is heading to the Tokyo Olympics without being vaccinated.
Michael Andrew, the 2016 world champion in the 100-meter individual medley who recently flirted with the 200-meter world record last month, has not received the COVID-19 vaccine. During a USA Swimming media call on Thursday, Andrew, 22, conceded that he will not be vaccinated in the “distant future.”
“My reason behind it is, for one, it was kind of a last moment, I didn’t want to put anything in my body that I didn’t know how I would potentially react to,” Andrew said. “As an athlete on the elite level, everything you do is very calculated and understood. For me, in the training cycle, especially leading up to trials, I didn’t want to risk any days out. There were periods where, you take a vaccine, you have to deal with some days off.”
Andrew’s comments come in the wake of escalating concern over the COVID-19 Delta variant, which has triggered a state of emergency in Tokyo ahead of the fast-approaching Games. Nearly the entirety of the Olympics will be held under emergency guidelines, while fans will be barred from attending.
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SOURCE: New York Post