01/03/2024

Source: Australian Open

The decision to allow Novak Djokovic to compete in the Australian Open on a medical exemption is a slap in the face to the entire community.

News of Novak Djokovic receiving an exemption to play in the 2022 Australian Open has been met with rightful scathing criticism on social media on Tuesday evening.

Since the pandemic hit Australian shores in early 2020, we’ve seen many gut-wrenching stories around.

Those stories have included people unable to see their dying parents on compassionate grounds, people unable to attend funerals of those loved ones, weddings being cancelled among many others.

Businesses have closed, people have hurt and everyone has made sacrifices in the interest of the health of their fellow people.

We’ve seen sports continued during that time under extreme circumstances and restrictions, and the Australian Open is one ready to go with players to be vaccinated.

However, now, Novak Djokovic has been granted a medical exemption to play in the competition, and unsurprisingly it’s left a sour taste in the mouths of many.

Those people who have seen their businesses closed, those people who have hurt and made those sacrifices have been colossally slapped in the face by this decision.

Those people who missed out on saying farewell to their dying parents, family members even with compassionate grounds, unable to attend funerals and weddings, they’ve also been slapped in the face.

People forced to live on their own for months and months, away from loved ones and away from any kind of social interaction.

This decision is far from acceptable.

Humanity has copped a significant beating during these unprecedented times. Some stories some days have left the mind boggled.

This may be the biggest mind boggling one in a sporting sense that we’ve seen in some time.

Money is never more important than humanity, and whoever has made this decision needs to right this wrong.

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  1. I totally agree with your sentiments. I personally can stand Djokovic. I find him to be totally insincere, does things only to maintain a good public image. However, he has already had COVID-19, which means practically that he already has antibodies. One might argue that not allowing him to play is being vindictive and punishing fans and businesses alike who would benefit from his appearance: fans and businesses who have done the right thing and suffered enough. Then again it maybe important to stick to one’s principles and make an example of him. I’m leaning more towards allowing him to play, even though I’d love to wipe that smirk off his face.

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