World No. 1 Tennis player, Novak Djokovic’s participation in the Australian Open, has been questioned by Australians after he was exempted from vaccination rules.
The angry comments made by Australians came after the rule that all players and staff at the tournament must be vaccinated or have an exemption granted by an expert independent panel.
Despite the fact that Djokovic has not spoken about his vaccination status said he was “opposed to vaccination”
The criticism has prompted response from organisers who said he has not been given special treatment.
The controversy comes as the country is seeing tens of thousands of Covid-19 cases for the first time after enduring some of the world’s strictest restrictions.
Considering the rate at which Covid-19 is spreading globally, restrictions have been in place. Part of the restriction is that Australians cannot travel interstate or globally.
At the moment, more than 90% of Australia’s over-16 population is fully vaccinated.
Interestingly, the development has attracted the comments of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison who said Djokovic would be required to present evidence upon arrival that he has a genuine medical exemption from vaccination, or he would be “on the next plane home.”
While speaking to reporters, “If that evidence is insufficient, then he won’t be treated any different to anyone else and he’ll be on the next plane home,”
“There should be no special rules for Novak Djokovic at all. None whatsoever.