The Djokovic case has caused an uproar far beyond the tennis arena for days.
Almost 50 years ago, Karl Schranz was banned from the 1972 Olympics in Sapporo. The strict interpretation of amateur status was fatal to the ÖSV ski star, but his status at the time was compared to that of Novak Djokovic. In contrast to him, Schranz told Der Standard (Wednesday edition), “Djokovic is to blame for his unfortunate situation and the turmoil in Australia.”
Schranz said Djokovic “provoked and targeted her” and therefore he is not a good role model. “No one asked us when we got vaccinated against smallpox or polio,” said the man from Arlberg, who was vaccinated three times himself.
The Djokovic case has caused an uproar far beyond the tennis arena for days. Last week, the 20-times winner was denied entry to Australia, where he wants to take part in the Australian Open in Melbourne, because he had not been vaccinated against the coronavirus and his medical exemption documents were insufficient for the authorities. That’s why he was staying at a relay hotel in Melbourne for the weekend. Because border officials did not give him the agreed time to clarify, the decision was overturned during a court hearing on Monday. A positive coronavirus test from December 2021 should help him participate in the Australian Open.
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