Public backlash against Novak Djokovic's medical exemption to play in Australian Open

Adelaide, 호주 Australians have responded with anger and skepticism to the news that men’s tennis No. 1 Novak Djokovic has been granted an exemption to compete in this year’s 호주 오픈 멜버른에서.

There had been uncertainty over Djokovic’s participation after players were told they would have to be fully vaccinated in order to participate or have a medical exemption granted by an independent panel of experts.
Djokovic, who is tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 grand slam singles titles, has not publicly revealed his vaccination status. 그만큼 “medical exemptionfrom the vaccine mandate means he will defend his 2021 title in Melbourne.
    Australian Open organizers said in a statement on Tuesday Djokovic’s exemption wasgranted following a rigorous review process involving two separate independent panels of medical experts.
      But the vaccine exemption has sparked backlash in Australia.
        Deputy Victorian Liberal Leader David Southwick called the decision to allow Djokovic to take part in this year’s tournamenta disgrace,” describing it as akick in the guts to every Victorianwho endured months of lockdowns and suffered personal setbacks during the pandemic.
        Djokovic celebrates winning the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 21, 2021.

        Calls for a boycott

          One of Melbourne’s most famous former Australian Football League (AFL) stars Kevin Bartlett tweeted that Australians had beentaken for fools.While one of the city’s prominent emergency physicians and former president of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) Stephen Parnis, said the decision 보낸 “an appalling message” 대중에게.
          Across Melbourne, one of the world’s most locked-down cities in 2021, tennis fans took to social media posting calls for an Australian Openboycott.
          The CEO of Tennis Australia, Craig Tiley, defended the impartiality of the medical exemption review process on Wednesday, telling reporters during a press conference thatno one knew who the applicant was.
          “있었다 26 applicants through the processthere’s a handful which were provided with an exemption and that information only gets disclosed by those individuals on the grounds of which they were provided an exemption,” Tiley said.
          The process has been very clear and we completely understand and empathize with, 가장 먼저, some people being upset about the fact that Novak has come in because of his statements in the past around vaccination,” 그는 말했다.
          “하나, it’s ultimately up to him to discuss with the public his condition if he chooses to do that and the reason why he received his exemption.
          Acting Victorian Sports Minister Jaala Pulford told reportersnobody has had special treatment.
          The process is incredibly robust. It’s de-identified and we are where we are, and so the tennis can begin,” 그녀가 말했다, 로이터에 따르면.
          Djokovic’s exemption comes two weeks after Russian tennis player Nata Vikhlyantseva revealed she would be unable to travel to the tournament because her vaccine is not recognized by local health authorities.
          The Sputnik V is not on the list of vaccines currently approved by the Australian government, leaving world No.195 Vikhlyantseva ineligible to play.
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          Under the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation’s (ATAGI) 현재 지침, a medical exemption is granted to individuals who have anacute major medical condition (예 :. undergoing major surgery or hospital admission for a serious illness.
          The other remaining grounds for a medical exemption concern people who have suffered aserious adverse event attributed to a previous dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, without another cause identifiedand a vaccinee whois a risk to themselves or others during the vaccination process,” due to anunderlying developmental or mental health disorder.
          마지막으로, exemptions may be given to anyone with aPCR-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection, where vaccination can be deferred until six months,” and in cases where individuals have receivedanti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibody or convalescent plasma therapy.
          6 월 2020, Djokovic tested positive for coronavirus following an exhibition event he organized in Croatia, but since then there have been no reports of him being re-infected with the virus.
          Djokovic has previously said he wouldn’t reveal whether he gets a vaccine, saying it was a matter of personal choice.
          I will keep the decision as to whether I’m going to get vaccinated or not to myself,” 그 said in May. “It’s an intimate decision, and I don’t want to go into this game of pro and against vaccines, which the media is unfortunately creating these days.
          The backlash against the exemption comes after Melbourne residents spent more than 260 일 confined to their homes, forbidden to leave except to buy groceries or other essential items, mostly in two long stretches from July to October, 2020 and August to October, 2021.
          Australia has started 2022 와 a record number of new Covid-19 cases due to a growing outbreak centered in the eastern states.
          [object Window], the most populous state, and Victoriahome to Melbourneboth posted daily record case numbers on Saturday, health department figures showed.
          Many commented on social media that thousands of Australians had been stranded abroad, unable to return to their home country even to visit sick or dying relatives, due to Australia’s strict border controls and quotas on arrivals.
          화요일에, Djokovic posted a picture of himself at an airport with a caption stating he washeading Down Under.
          Happy New Year, 각자 모두! Wishing you all health, 사랑, and happiness in every present moment and may you feel love & respect towards all beings on this wonderful planet,” 그는 인스타그램에 썼다.
            I’ve spent fantastic quality time with my loved ones over the break and today I’m heading Down Under with an exemption permission. Let’s go 2022.
            The Australian Open is the first grand slam of the year and is set to run from January 17-30.

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