COVID-19: Insurance coverage for Team Fiji to Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Chef De Mission Patrick Bower (left),ONOC president Dr Robin Mitchell,FASANOC/CEO Lorraine Mar and Ritesh Rati Ram of FASANOC during the Olympic Games 2021flag raising ceremony at FASANOC house. Picture: RAMA/FT FILE

The Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee has confirmed Team Fiji athletes including the accompanying officials would be fully protected if they contract COVID-19 in Japan, despite being vaccinated.

Chief executive officer Lorraine Mar said each member of Team Fiji would be covered by an insurance policy.

“The insurance policy of the 2020 Tokyo Organising Committee will cover Team Fiji,” she said.

“They will be protected under the insurance policy, which would cover all their medical expenses including any COVID-19 related cases for the duration of the Games.”

Mar stated Team Fiji contingent would continue to be ‘in safe hands’ despite the insurance policy being rendered ineffective during the duration of pre-Games Village entry.

“Outside of this period, while the team is in the Pre-Games Training Camp at Oita in Japan, Team Fiji’s own insurance policy will apply.

“It also includes the journey to and from Tokyo.”

She said further negotiations were being undertaken with the insurance broker of Team Fiji being Marsh Insurance Travel.

“We are in the process of making some changes to the current insurance cover hence will not comment further until everything is finalised.

“It has been a demanding process of preparing Team Fiji to the Summer Games since 2017.

“Our job has always been to ensure the welfare of Team Fiji athletes so that they perform to their very best at the Tokyo Olympics and represent the country with pride and honour.

“In hindsight, suffice it to say Team Fiji will be covered by a comprehensive insurance cover which will include integrated insurance solutions like travel and medical expenses, including anything relating to COVID-19.”

The Olympics will be from Friday, July 23 to Sunday, August 8.

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