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Hungarian Athletes Must Have Three Vaccinations to Travel to Winter Olympics

Júlia Tar 2021.11.18.

At their meeting on November 17th, the Hungarian Olympic Committee (MOB) elected three new members to its Athletes’ Committee, approved the composition of the delegation to the Beijing Winter Olympics, and decided on immunity criteria.

According to the organization’s website, the Hungarian side can participate in the Beijing Olympics if they have three vaccinations. Dr. András Tállay, Chief Team Physician and Chairman of the MOB Medical Committee, may grant an exemption from this requirement with good reason.

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It was already required for the Summer Olympics that only vaccinated Olympians were allowed to travel. There were some who missed out because of this. Back then, the MOB turned to the government in mid-January to give priority orders to athletes who had a chance to qualify for the next Summer or Winter Olympic Games to be vaccinated. Not long after, the Orbán-led government gave this allowance to 868 athletes.

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Featured image: Hungary’s Sándor Liu Shaolin (in the middle) and his brother Liu Shaoang (on the right, both Olympic champions), who later won the men’s 500m final at the European Short Track Speed Skating Championships, and Itzhak de Laat (on the left) of the Netherlands, at the Főnix Hall in Debrecen, Hungary, January 25, 2020. Photo by Zsolt Czeglédi/MTI