Once again, major sports have set out to prove that the rules don’t apply to money makers, even when the rules are in the interest of public health and the end of an ongoing pandemic. Twenty-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic will be able to play in the Australian Open after receiving a medical exemption from the tournament’s vaccination requirement. In a declaration, Australian Open officials said the exemption was “granted following a rigorous review process involving two separate independent groups of medical experts.” The group of experts, they wrote, was “comprised of physicians from the fields of immunology, infectious disease, and general medicine.”
Djokovic, who has won the Australian Open nine times, a record, had previously refused to disclose his vaccination status. (Side note: Have we already had a vaccinated athlete who “refuses to disclose their vaccination status”? I don’t believe it.) For the Australian Open, he or she should have contracted COVID in the past six months or had a “condition” acute medical “to receive a medical exemption, which essentially tells us that Novak Djokovic – unless he hides some sort of serious medical condition from the public that prevents him from getting vaccinated but allows him to play a Grand Slam – has been exempted. for the sole reason of being Novak Djokovic.
In the same way that Aaron Rodgers faced zero consequences for lying to the press and not following NFL warrants for unvaccinated players, or the way Antonio Brown’s fake vaccination card was stashed under the rug afterwards. a quick suspension, the sports world shows us once again no matter if you are putting yourself and others at risk as long as you are good! If you can win, who cares about life-saving vaccines? You are bringing money! It doesn’t matter that the death rate of unvaccinated COVID patients is significantly higher than that of those who are vaccinated. Don’t let it slip that if he wins, he will break a three-way tie for the Grand Slam winning record, which would be a huge rating boost.
In an Instagram post, Djokovic wrote that he was “heading down” after wishing everyone “health, love and happiness” and writing “may you all feel love and respect for all beings on this planet.” An ironic touch, don’t you think? He will no doubt face a tough crowd in Melbourne later this month. Djokovic previously contracted COVID in June 2020 after playing in a series of exhibition matches he himself organized that did not include any social distancing for players or fans. shocking.