Novak Djokovic was kicked out of Australia last month as his presence was deemed a threat for refusing COVID vaccine. This hasn’t deterred Djokovic’s adamancy as is evident with him saying that he’s prepared to put his career on hold rather than take the COVID vaccine.
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In a BBC interview on Tuesday, tennis star Novak Djokovic backed the right to refuse the COVID-19 vaccine, adding that he has “always supported the freedom to choose what to put into your body.”
“For me that is essential, it’s really the principle of understanding what is right and what is wrong for you,” the sportsman stated, adding that “based on all the information that I got, I decided not to take the vaccine.”
The world number one acknowledged that for whatever explanation, his choice to skip the jab would be met with hostility and obstacles in furthering his career, but he insisted that he would not be discouraged.
“I understand the consequences of my decision,” he stated, adding that one of them was “not going to Australia.”
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The Serbian international stated he had been “prepared not to go” to the Australian Open, and that he will most certainly be barred from several future key tournaments, putting his career on hold. “That is the price I am willing to pay.”
Djokovic merely said, “Yes,” when asked if he is prepared to forego his opportunity to capture the most desired records in tennis history in order to emerge the “statistically” greatest player to have ever actually played professionally.
“The principles of decision-making on my own body are more important than any title,” he defended.
Djokovic was kicked out of Australia last month after Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke ruled that the tennis superstar’s “ongoing presence in Australia may lead to an increase in anti-vaccination sentiment generated in the Australian community, potentially leading to an increase in civil unrest of the kind previously experienced in Australia with rallies and protests which may themselves be a source of community transmission.”
Watch the interview below:
Meanwhile, Serbia has cancelled a huge deal with Rio Tinto, an Australian firm, following the deportation of Novak Djokovic from Australia.
Quite the controversial figure at present, Novak Djokovic owns 80% stake in a Biotech firm QuantBioRes working on the cure for COVID. Centered in Copenhagen, the company is working on a peptide therapy for Covid-19 that will prevent the virus from infecting human cells.