The long wait for vaccination will culminate with a long drive for skeet shooter Mairaj Ahmad Khan.

After unsuccessful attempts to get vaccinated at his training base in Italy, Mairaj, who had missed the final of the last Olympics in the shoot-off in Rio, will drive from Italy to Croatia to get the vaccine shot.

Driving on the European highways for more than 1,000 kilometres, from Capua towards the north of Italy, Slovenia and into Croatia, may serve as a pleasant change from the rigours of training for the Olympics. A flight across the Adriatic Sea could help cut down the distance by half, but the two skeet shooters were unwilling to exercise that
option owing to the risk of catching the virus.

On the bright side, there will be an advantage owing to the inordinate delay in vaccination, as Mairaj will take the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. All other vaccines require two…

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