The Fijian Sports Association and the National Olympic Committee have confirmed that Fijian team athletes, including accompanying officials, will be fully protected if they contract COVID-19 in Japan, despite being vaccinated.
Managing Director Lorraine Mar said every member of the Fiji team would be covered by an insurance policy.
“The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee insurance policy will cover the Fiji team,” she said.
“They will be protected by the insurance policy, which would cover all of their medical costs, including any COVID-19 related cases during the Games.”
Mar said the Fiji team contingent would continue to be “in good hands” despite the ineffective insurance policy for the duration of entry into the Village prior to the Games.
“Outside of this period, while the team is at pre-Games training camp in Oita, Japan, Team Fiji’s own insurance policy will apply.
“It also includes travel to and from Tokyo.”
She said new negotiations are underway with Team Fiji’s insurance broker, Marsh Insurance Travel.
“We are in the process of making some changes to the current insurance coverage, so we won’t comment further until everything is finalized.
“Team Fiji’s preparation for the Summer Games has been a demanding process since 2017.
“Our job has always been to ensure the well-being of Team Fiji’s athletes so that they can perform at their best at the Tokyo Olympics and represent the country with pride and honor.
“Looking back, suffice it to say that the Fiji team will be covered by comprehensive insurance coverage that will include integrated insurance solutions such as travel and medical expenses, including everything COVID- 19. “
The Olympics will take place from Friday July 23 to Sunday August 8.