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The other Djokovic's in the sport

If Novak Djokovic currently contests the decision of the Australian authorities not to admit him into the country by not respecting their very strict entry rules on covid, he is not the only one high-level athlete in having been sceptical regarding the covid vaccine.

This is a selection from the AFP of five athletes who have shown an attitude similar to that of Djokovic:

Aaron Rodgers

The legend of the Green Bay Packers, of American 'football', with those who won the Super Bowl in 2011, was one of the main voices against vaccination in the sports world in the United States. Criticized after a positive test, the 38-year-old quarterback has since taken on the role of a victim of the “woke up mafia” and “cancel culture”.

Before For this, he had declared himself to be “immunized” after having sought an alternative treatment, since he stated that two of the available vaccines contained an unspecified ingredient to which he was allergic and that a third had, according to him, caused “many people” multiple “undesirable effects .”

Joshua Kimmich

If Rodgers did not suffer from the coronavirus despite his refusal to be vaccinated, the German soccer player Joshua Kimmich was not so lucky when he contracted it at the end of November. The star of Bayern Munich, 26, suffered lung injuries that prevented him from playing until January.

He had aroused the ire of many by revealing in October that he was opposed to vaccination due to “fears and concerns”. “I thought I could protect myself from the virus if I followed all the rules and got tested regularly,” he said.

Stranger still, in 2020, he founded together with his partner Leon Goretzka the “We kick Corona” initiative giving money to support vaccination campaigns and charitable projects. Although he ended up making an appointment for a vaccination admitting “that it would have been preferable to have done it sooner”.

Bryson DeChambeau

The usually statuesque US Open 2020 golf winner seemed slimmer after his return from convalescence, as covid had cost him his place in the Tokyo Games last year. The 28-year-old revealed that he had lost 4.5 kilos due to the virus, but that he was not very excited about the idea of ​​getting vaccinated.

“The vaccine does not necessarily prevent contamination ,” he told US media in August.

I am quite young, I prefer give it to people who need it. I am a young person in good health, who will continue to work on his health, “he said.

DeChambeau, whose parents are vaccinated, stated that he planned to imitate them if he considered that a new vaccine meets his criteria.

Kyrie Irving

One of the stars of the Brooklyn Nets is back on the NBA courts after spending the first two months of the time out of competition for refusing to be vaccinated.

The point guard The 29-year-old assured that his highly criticized decision was not due to his opposition to vaccination as a whole, but that it was simply a personal decision .

“I do what is best for me,” he said in October. “I know the consequences and if that means that I am judged and demonized for it, then so be it. It is the role I play.”

At the moment, Irving, NBA champion with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, he can only play away games since as long as he is not vaccinated, he cannot play at home due to the sanitary rules of the New York State.

Tennys Sandgren

Contrary to Djokovic, the 30-year-old American tennis player did not even try to get a repeal medical for the Australian Open.

Sandgren, who twice reached the quarterfinals in Australia, far from the nine titles in singles of the world number one, declared that did not meet the conditions required to obtain a derogation.

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“I clearly don't have the same influence,” Sandgren pointed out, before what is happening to Djokovic after his arrival at Melbourne.

However, once the Serb was detained at the airport, he was critical of the position of the Australian authorities. “Two different medical commissions approved its repeal. And the politicians stop it. Australia does not deserve to host a Grand Slam,” he tweeted.

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