Finger up to Vaccination for Covid - Novak Djokovic

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Jan 05, 2022, 14:36

Djokovic is an anti vaxxer and ahs refused to accept vaccination in any form whatsoever.   As a result under normal circumstances.   s a result he could not play in the Aussie Open.


Thinking they can get arround it by a medical exemption application Djokovic was given permission for entering Australia to participate in the upcoming Australia Open.   But now all hell broke lose about the permission as is evident in the following newspaper article:-


  Australians reacted with fury on Wednesday after world number one Novak Djokovic received a medical exemption from having a Covid vaccine in order to play at this month’s Australian Open.

Tournament chief Craig Tiley said that the defending champion had been given “no special favour” but urged the Serb to reveal why he got the exemption to soothe public anger.

All participants at the first Grand Slam of 2022, which starts on 17 January, must be vaccinated against Covid-19 or have a medical exemption, which is granted only after assessment by two panels of independent experts.

The nine-time Australian Open champion announced late on Tuesday he was en route to Melbourne with “an exemption permission”, ending the drawn-out saga over whether he would defend his title.

But Stephen Parnis, a former Australian Medical Association vice-president, said it sent an “appalling message” to people trying to stop the spread of Covid-19.

“I don’t care how good a tennis player he is. If he’s refusing to get vaccinated, he shouldn’t be allowed in,” Parnis said on Twitter.

Australian Prime Minster Scott Morrison said that if the reasons for Djokovic’s exemption were “insufficient” then the Serb would be “on the next plane home”.

“We await his presentation and what evidence he provides us to support (his exemption),” Morrison told a press conference.

“If that evidence is insufficient, then he won’t be treated any different to anyone else and will be on the next plane home. There should be no special rules for Novak Djokovic at all. None whatsoever.”

Former Australian ATP Tour player Sam Groth, now a television commentator, said it was “a decision that spits in the face of every Victorian and Australian” in a column in Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper.

There was also outrage on the streets of Melbourne.

“I think it’s disgusting. I think he should have made his mind up before now and it shouldn’t be a last-minute decision to get him in,” resident Ron Wilson told AFP.

Other residents of the Victoria state city were more sympathetic, with Morteza Yari saying: “I think as long as the exemption is valid and they have valid reasons I don’t see a problem with that.”

It’s unclear whether Novak Djokovic has had Covid-19

Among the conditions allowing entry without a vaccine is if a person has had Covid-19 in the past six months. It has not been revealed if that was the case with Djokovic.

Tiley said the two panels assessed each exemption without knowing the identity of the applicant and he did not know under what grounds Djokovic got the green light, which is confidential.

“It will certainly be helpful if Novak was to explain the conditions in which he sought and was granted an exemption,” Tiley told reporters, acknowledging the backlash.

“I would encourage him to talk to the community about it… we have been through a very tough period over the last two years and would appreciate some answers to that.”

Groth agreed that Djokovic should reveal why he has been allowed in. 

“You’re willing to say you have an exemption but not willing to say why? It’s sick hypocrisy. I don’t like it at all,” Groth wrote.

However, Tiley defended the integrity of the exemption application process, which is overseen by national and Victorian state governments.

He revealed that only 26 of the approximately 3 000 players and support staff travelling to Australia for the tournament had applied for a vaccine exemption. Only a few of those had been successful.

“Any person who met those conditions has been allowed to come in. There’s been no special favour. There’s been no special opportunity granted to Novak,” Tiley said.

Melbourne and Sydney have both endured months of restrictions and lockdowns over the past two years and allowing Djokovic to travel was widely criticised.

“If this exemption is true, it sends an appalling message to millions seeking to reduce #Covid19Aus risk to themselves & others,” added Parnis.

Djokovic voiced his opposition to the Covid-19 vaccine in April 2020 when it was suggested they might be obligatory so tournament play could resume.

“Personally I am not pro-vaccines,” said Djokovic at the time.

“I would not like it for someone to compel me to be vaccinated so I can travel.”

Some players expressed surprise with the exemption, including British doubles player Jamie Murray, who said at the ATP Cup in Sydney: “I think if it was me that wasn’t vaccinated, I wouldn’t be getting an exemption.”


There is a problem though - Mozart  is a total addict when it comes to Djokovic - so does he support Djokovic in this case as well?    

Jan 05, 2022, 15:57

I don't for one second believe he has a valid exemption ..... although it will be presented as a valid one

Yes, he has an exemption..... but after all the shit he has stirred about being forced to get vaccinated before defending his title..... this is all just too very coincidental and beneficial that he now fits the profile for someone to get a medical exemption 

Bollocks

Jan 05, 2022, 16:07

"He revealed that only 26 of the approximately 3 000 players and support staff travelling to Australia for the tournament had applied for a vaccine exemption. Only a few of those had been successful."

So, there was a 0.86% success rate.... to receive a medical exemption 

It just so happens that the defending champion fell into that category.....

LMFAO...... yeah right

Jan 05, 2022, 17:23

The problem is that the  Covid restrictions  is vastly unpopular politically in Australia and there were vast demonstrations in particular  in Melbourne.    The Aussie Prime Minister whose name Biden could not remember - realizes that an exemption in the case of Djokovic would be a death penalty for his party in upcoming elections if it is not science-based and that is why he demanded that the full evidence for the exemption should be provided and if the Government is not satisfied  Djokovic will be send packing.   

Djokovic  always had strong support in Melbourne in the Aussie Open.  This is not going to go down well  with the long-suffering citizens of Melbourne and it could turn unpleasant during the tournament.

      

Jan 05, 2022, 17:49

 There is a problem though - Djokovic is a total addict when it comes to Djokovic - so does he support Djokovic in this case as well?’

Hahahahaha…. I dominate all your waking moments Mrs Malaprop.

Jan 05, 2022, 17:52

A mistake - the question asked is related what you think about this issue.  

Jan 05, 2022, 21:31

More drama.   The latest news - Djokovic is stuck at the Melbourne Airport  since he applied for a work permit visa for which support of the Victoria Government is needed and they apparently refused to support  the application.

This is becoming embarrassing since the motivation  documents for  the exemption has not been provided to the Aussie Government yet.   Whether he would be allowed to leave the airpoty amd enter the coty is not clear at all.        

Jan 05, 2022, 21:31

More drama.   The latest news - Djokovic is stuck at the Melbourne Airport  since he applied for a work permit visa for which support of the Victoria Government is needed and they apparently refused to support  the application.

This is becoming embarrassing since the motivation  documents for  the exemption has not been provided to the Aussie Government yet.   Whether he would be allowed to leave the airpoty amd enter the coty is not clear at all.        

Jan 05, 2022, 21:31

More drama.   The latest news - Djokovic is stuck at the Melbourne Airport  since he applied for a work permit visa for which support of the Victoria Government is needed and they apparently refused to support  the application.

This is becoming embarrassing since the motivation  documents for  the exemption has not been provided to the Aussie Government yet.   Whether he would be allowed to leave the airpoty amd enter the coty is not clear at all.        

Jan 05, 2022, 22:49

And he might get Covid hanging around airports, which are hotspots. 

Jan 06, 2022, 03:08

I watched the PM’s news conference…..Djokovic is now a political pawn. The Aussies, whose ball doctoring cricket team never offended them much,  are outraged that the Joker might cheat. The irony!

Jan 06, 2022, 04:00



Jan 06, 2022, 04:39

I pointed out above that the issue is political and tht will not go away.   According to news reports the application for the visa was based on the wrong type of visa applied for and was rejected by the Australian border guards.    

Djokovic was taken from the Melbourne airport to a State Detention hotel while an appeal by him  as to his entry into the country is considered.       My guess is that the situation is politically toxic - the Opposition Australian Labor Party MP's are using the issue already against the present Aussie Government and the chances of his entry  into Australia being approved is near to zero.     Under the circumstances I give the chance of Djokovic to play in the Aussie Open as 5% at present.   

Jan 06, 2022, 08:57

According to the news this morning, what is very interesting now, is apparently two more players have been identified that were issued with medical exemptions to play in this open, but did not actually meet the criteria to get the medical exemption ....

The plot thickens....

Let's see what more comes of this

Jan 07, 2022, 18:09

 

Jan 07, 2022, 18:12

I don't like that he's gaming the system, but I am 100% against an experimental vax mandate...it's absolutely ridiculous to force people to take a vaccine of which the long term side effects have not been trialed and tested. 

Jan 07, 2022, 18:44

Should have just held him down and forced the injection upon him to score some extra political points before the Australian national election.  :D

Jan 07, 2022, 18:48

Not funny at all, but unfortunately it's gonna happen one of these days...:(



Jan 07, 2022, 21:35

Ball doctorers obsessing about cheating….love it. The whole world has been homogenized by Facebook. The Australian tweets I’ve read could have been written American kids. Everybody is angry, sure they’re right, sure the Joker is evil…..group think abounds.

Give me the 20th century any day.

Jan 07, 2022, 22:30

"Give me the 20th century any day."

The 80's in particular. :D

 
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