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    ‘Should be ashamed’: Australia disgusted as Djokovic receives vaccine exemption

    Australia has reacted with disgust to news anti-vaxxer Novak Djokovic has been granted an exemption to play in this month’s Australian Open.

    Despite public claims by Victorian government officials in recent months the world No. 1 would not be allowed to take part in the grand slam if he wasn’t fully vaccinated, Djokovic is heading Down Under in search of a 10th crown at Melbourne Park.
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    Djokovic has refused to make his vaccination status public but in April 2020 the 34-year-old said he was opposed to mandatory jabs.
    “Personally I am not pro-vaccines,” he said at the time. “I would not like it for someone to compel me to be vaccinated so I can travel.”
    Djokovic announced the news of his exemption on social media on Tuesday night, sparking a wave of fury from Aussies — particularly in Melbourne and Sydney — who have endured months of restrictions and lockdowns over the past two years.

    Australia condemns Djokovic decision
    Melbourne-based radio host and sports broadcaster Andy Maher was one of many who lashed out.
    “Australians have been denied for two years, but this bloke — who’s taken extraordinary liberties in the face of the coronavirus — gets his exemption. Novak Djokovic is an all-time great, but he ain’t essential,” Maher wrote on social media.
    Sports writer Daniel Cherny called it “weak as p**s” while ex-AFL star Corey McKernan tweeted: “People with loved ones who are dying / some needing urgent treatment cannot get into their own states. You tell people they can’t go to Coles or a cafe without being vaxxed but if you’re world number 1 you get a pass? F***ing disgrace.”
    Footy journalist Jon Ralph said: “What a rort. Watch everyone dodge the responsibility for him somehow getting an exemption.
    “People will be going to bed right now to get up at 5am to do the right thing to get into testing queues for PCR results they won’t get for six days and will quarantine anyway. How bloody galling to see Novak get an exemption. Farcical.”
    Sports reporter Bernie Coen added: “WHAT A FARCE! Novak gets exemption to play #AusOpen but some Aussies can’t even fly interstate to see dying loved ones. Fair dinkum #disgraceful that’s a big up yours from sports officials and the Gov to Aussies to allow this.”
    Journalist Samantha Lewis tweeted: “Everybody attending the Australian Open has a patriotic duty to boo Djokovic for the entirety of his stay. this is an obscene decision and organisers should be f***ing ashamed of themselves.”
    It wasn’t just Australians blowing up. Jamie Murray — doubles world No. 19 and brother of two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray — said there were different standards at play.
    “I think if I had been there instead of him, I would not have obtained any exemption,” he said.

    Djokovic will be booed mercilessly in Melbourne. (Photo by DAVID GRAY / AFP)


    So, what’s the explanation?
    Tennis Australia released a statement on Tuesday night in response to the decision for Djokovic to be granted an exemption.
    It’s important to note TA did not give permission for Djokovic to play while remaining unvaccinated. Instead, his exemption was the result of a review process involving two independent panels of medical experts — the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and the Independent Medical Exemption Review Panel appointed by the Victorian Department of Health.
    “Djokovic applied for a medical exemption which was granted following a rigorous review process involving two separate independent panels of medical experts,” TA said in its statement.
    “Under an independent process, applications for a medical exemption were first reviewed by an expert panel made up of doctors from the fields of immunology, infectious disease and general practice.
    “Applications that met the national guidelines set by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) were then subjected to a second review conducted by a Government-appointed panel of medical experts, the Independent Medical Exemption Review Panel.
    “The applications were reviewed and approved only in line with ATAGI guidelines.”
    Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said players, fans and staff at the Australian Open must be fully vaccinated to attend, unless they have a legitimate reason to obtain an exemption.
    “Fair and independent protocols were established for assessing medical exemption applications that will enable us to ensure Australian Open 2022 is safe and enjoyable for everyone,” Tiley said.
    “Central to this process was that the decisions were made by independent medical experts and that every applicant was given due consideration.”

    Tiley will have plenty of tough questions to answer. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)



    TA boss Tiley appeared on breakfast TV on Wednesday morning to address the controversy. He defended the independent review process that led to Djokovic being granted an exemption and said the governing body for tennis in Australia does not receive the 20-time grand slam champion’s private medical information that led to the decision.
    Tiley added 26 players and their primary support staff applied for exemptions and only a “handful” of them were successful.
    Tiley reminded people one of the reasons an exemption can be granted is if someone has had Covid-19 within the past six months. Djokovic contracted the virus in mid-2020 after his ill-fated Adria Tour — a tennis exhibition tournament that ignored social distancing guidelines — but he has not revealed if he has tested positive in the past six months.
    “ATAGI’s laid out very clear guidelines for all of us coming into Australia that we have to abide by. That’s why we’ve been saying to the players from the beginning if you want to be assured to come to Australia, you get vaccinated and you be fully vaccinated,” Tiley told Today.
    “And if you have a medical reason, a medical condition, there is a process if you can go through.
    “There’s been no special opportunity granted to Novak, nor would there be to any tennis player. In fact, there’s been a process that goes above and beyond the normal process for everyone.”
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    The decision to grant Djokovic an exemption is especially galling in light of public comments made by Victorian politicians about the Serbian’s eligibility to compete Down Under.
    Last month Victorian Deputy Premier James Merlino shut down any talk Djokovic could exploit a “loophole” to gain access to the Australian Open without being vaccinated.
    “Everyone’s looking forward to the Australian Open and everyone who will attend – spectators, players, officials, staff – is expected to be fully vaccinated,” Merlino said. “They’re the rules.
    “Medical exemptions are just that – it’s not a loophole for privileged tennis players.
    “It is a medical exemption in exceptional circumstances if you have an acute medical condition.”
    Understandably, many on social media have been questioning how a professional athlete who is ranked No. 1 in the world could possibly have an “acute medical condition” serious enough to prevent them from being vaccinated.
    As tennis writer Ben Rothenberg said on Twitter: “What ‘acute major medical condition’, as listed here by Australian authorities, could a healthy #1-ranked athlete have?
    “There are also non-medical exemptions which can be applied for to enter Australia; Djokovic did not say his exemption was medical. However it’s difficult to imagine a tennis player, even a good one, could be deemed ‘in the national interest’ or possessing ‘critical skills’.”
    Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has also been made to look sheepish after his blunt declarations about the Djokovic saga. In early October Andrews said the situation was simple for Djokovic — get vaccinated or don’t play the Australian Open.
    “Those (grand slam) titles won’t protect you either. The only title that will protect you is that you can be able to say you’ve had your first dose and you’ve had your second dose,” Andrews said.
    “The notion of you getting in here without being vaccinated I think is very, very low.”
    Later in October Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed unvaccinated tennis players would be allowed to enter Australia to compete in the year’s first grand slam but said they would need to complete two weeks of quarantine.
    That admission prompted Andrews to hit back.
    “What I want to make very clear is that the state of Victoria will not be applying for any exemptions for unvaccinated players,” he said at the time.
    “I’m not applying for any exemptions for any unvaccinated players. So we don’t apply for an exemption, then no exemption will be granted. And then the whole issue is basically resolved.
    “I’m not going to actually require people sitting in the grandstand people working at the event to be vaccinated while players aren’t, so we’re not going to be applying for an exemption.”

    Dan Andrews’ words sound empty now. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Ian Currie










    Earlier in 2021, Andrews said if everyone else at Melbourne Park needs to be fully vaccinated to attend the Australian Open, then the same rules should apply to players.
    “You try getting into the US … most of Europe, really, so many different parts of Asia if you haven’t been vaccinated,” Mr Andrews told ABC radio. “Like, you’re just not getting a visa – why would that be different here?
    “I don’t think it’s too much to say, if you want one of those visas and you want to come here, then you need to be double-vaxxed.
    “All the people who are watching the tennis at the Australian Open, they’re going to be double-vaxxed, all the people that work there are going to be double-vaxxed. It stands to reason that if you want to get into the country to be part of that tournament, then you should be double-vaxxed as well.”
    The final decision was out of the government’s hands but those words carry little weight now.
    A further question remains — if Djokovic is unvaccinated and is only now heading to Australia, then per Morrison’s claims last year he would need to quarantine for two weeks. However, that won’t happen because the Australian Open kicks off in less than 14 days, beginning on Monday January 17.

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    Haa haa HAAAAAA, the Hypocrisy reaches the tabloids, Funny how no-one was up in arms and hysterical about the G5 summit goers all getting exemptions from the quarantine requirements that everyone else arriving in England had to undergo.

    Rules for thee,-------you plebs, and they all go along with it, wake up people.ffs

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    Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open exemption may not be worth the paper it’s written on after an ominous statement from Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews and fresh comments from Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

    Australia has reacted with disgust to news the nine-time champion at Melbourne Park had been granted a vaccination exemption to play in the tournament starting on January 17.
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    And despite months of claims from Victorian government officials Djokovic wouldn’t be able to play without being fully vaccinated, the Serbian — an outspoken anti-vaxxer — revealed he had been granted permission to compete in the grand slam.
    But while Djokovic is heading to Australia, Andrews released a statement and Morrison made remarks appearing to imply Djokovic was not yet in the clear.


    The Prime Minister was asked by reporters on Wednesday afternoon if he personally supported the decision to grant Djokovic an exemption. He warned the tennis star could find himself “on the next plane home” if he can’t provide sufficient evidence as to why he is unable to be vaccinated.
    “My view is that any individual seeking to enter Australia must comply with our border (rules) ... when he arrives in Australia,” Morrison said.
    “He has to because if he’s not vaccinated, he must provide acceptable proof that he cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and be able to access the same travel arrangements as fully vaccinated travellers.
    “So we await his presentation and what evidence he provides to support that.
    “My view is he should be treated no different to anyone else. There are other cases — there are quite a number over the last couple of years — where people have had these exemptions and have the suitable proof to support their claim in those circumstances.
    “So the circumstance is not unique. The issue is whether he has sufficient evidence to support that he would qualify for the exemption.”

    Mr Morrison said Djokovic was not in the clear just yet. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage







    Andrews’ statement earlier in the afternoon didn’t mention the 20-time major winner by name but there was no doubt who the statement was referring to.
    “Any individual seeking to enter Australia must comply with our strict border requirements,” her statement read.
    “While the Victorian Government and Tennis Australia may permit a non-vaccinated player to compete in the Australian Open, it is the Commonwealth Government that will enforce our requirements at the Australian border.
    “Since 15 December 2021 fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption, and enter eligible states and territories quarantine free.
    “If an arriving individual is not vaccinated, they must provide acceptable proof that they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons to be able to access the same travel arrangement as fully vaccinated travellers.
    “Australian Border Force will continue to ensure that those who arrive at our border comply with our strict border requirements.
    “No individual competing at the Australian Open will be afforded any special treatment. Quarantine requirements for international arrivals in Victoria, including for non-vaccinated individuals, are a matter for the Victorian Government.”

    Djokovic is not through the door just yet. Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP




















    The statement has raised several questions as social media reacted to the latest twist in the ongoing saga.
    Journalist Eryk Bagshaw tweeted: “Comments by Australian Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews suggest that the federal government could overturn Djokovic’s exemption to enter Australia.
    “So Djokovic is currently in the air. Things could get interesting at Tullamarine …”
    The Herald Sun’s Kieran Rooney said: “My reading of this is Djokovic will need to show proof of his medical exemption to border force/airline on arrival.
    “Others have suggested that this border force arrangement may have already played out when he was granted a visa ... Either way, federal authorities needed to approve Djokovic’s arrival (with medical exemption) into the country in some way.”
    Rugby league reporter Brad Walter was asking questions that were likely shared by many after Andrews released her statement.
    “What does that mean? Is the Federal Government going to stop him coming or playing? Or are they saying that it was them who granted him an exemption? Or does he now have to apply to them?” Walter wrote on Twitter.
    Fellow journalist Jack Snape replied: “Border Force may have questions over info Djokovic has provided in his application for an exemption. ‘Acceptable proof’ in the Andrews statement suggests the information may have been acceptable to Vic, but to Border Force? Maybe not.”
    Players must be fully vaccinated — or possess an exemption — to compete in the Australian Open.
    Djokovic’s vaccination status has been clouded in mystery as he has refused to reveal whether he has received the jab or not, but he has made his stance on the matter clear, saying in April 2020 he was opposed to mandatory vaccinations.
    ‘Appalling message’: Djokovic explanation doesn’t wash

    The Instagram post that started the storm. Picture: Instagram






    Questions have been raised about the wording of Djokovic’s Instagram post announcing he was coming to Australia for the year’s first grand slam while Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley asked the 34-year-old to publicly explain exactly why he qualified for an exemption amid a furious backlash.
    Tiley also said Djokovic received “no special” favours — but TA was in no position to divulge Djokovic’s private medical information to answer questions about how exactly he qualified for an exemption.
    Prominent physician Stephen Parnis, a former Australian Medical Association vice-president, said it sent an appalling message to people trying to stop the spread of Covid-19.
    “I don’t care how good a tennis player he is. If he’s refusing to get vaccinated, he shouldn’t be allowed in,” Parnis said on Twitter.
    “If this exemption is true, it sends an appalling message to millions seeking to reduce #Covid19Aus risk to themselves & others.”
    Some players expressed surprise with the ruling, including British doubles player Jamie Murray who said at the ATP Cup in Sydney: “I think if it was me that wasn’t vaccinated, I wouldn’t be getting an exemption.”

    Djokovic with Craig Tiley. Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images






    What are the grounds for exemption?
    It’s important to note TA did not give permission for Djokovic to play while remaining unvaccinated. Instead, his exemption was the result of a review process involving two independent panels of medical experts — the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and the Independent Medical Exemption Review Panel appointed by the Victorian Department of Health.
    ATAGI released its most recent guidance for “acute major medical conditions” that warrant a temporary medical exemption for Covid-19 vaccines on November 26.
    For the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA Covid-19 vaccines:
    • Inflammatory cardiac illness within the past three months, e.g., myocarditis or pericarditis; acute rheumatic fever or acute rheumatic heart disease (i.e., with active myocardial inflammation); or acute decompensated heart failure
    For all other Covid-19 vaccines including AstraZeneca:
    • Acute major medical condition (e.g. undergoing major surgery or hospital admission for a serious illness). Typically, these are time-limited conditions (or the medical treatment for them is time limited)
    • PCR-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection, where vaccination can be deferred until 6 months after the infection. Vaccination should be deferred for 90 days in people who have received anti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibody or convalescent plasma therapy
    • Any serious adverse event attributed to a previous dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, without another cause identified, and with no acceptable alternative vaccine available. For example a person under 60 years of age, contraindicated to receive Pfizer vaccine and in whom the risks do not outweigh the benefits for receipt of AstraZeneca vaccine, is eligible for a temporary exemption
    • If the vaccine is a risk to themselves or others during the vaccination process they may warrant a temporary vaccine exemption. This may include a range of individuals with underlying developmental or mental health disorders, but noting that non-pharmacological interventions can safely facilitate vaccination in many individuals with behavioural disturbances and that specialist services may be available to facilitate the safe administration of vaccines in this population

    Home Affairs Minster Karen Andrews. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage





    ATAGI says chronic Covid-19 symptoms, aka “Long Covid”, are not a contraindication to Covid-19 vaccines “but do warrant a clinical discussion with the patient”.
    “Pregnancy is not a valid reason for exemption in the absence of any of the criteria listed above,” ATAGI adds.
    An adverse reaction to a previous dose of a Covid-19 vaccine is only considered “serious” if it meets three criteria:
    • It requires in-patient hospitalisation or prolongation of existing hospitalisation, results in persistent or significant disability/incapacity, or is potentially life-threatening
    • It has been reported to a state/territory adverse event surveillance system and/or the Therapeutic Goods Administration
    • It has been determined following review by, and/or on the opinion of, an experienced immunisation provider/medical specialist to be associated with a risk of recurrence of the serious adverse event if another dose is given.
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    Much ado about nothing.

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    FUCK him.

    I put him in the class of Serena Williams

    One a Clown and the other a Dr Willy.


    Pretentious tennis players who think their shit don't stink and rules don't apply to them.

    Them and the F1 drivers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    FUCK him.
    ...seconded...in spite of Australian Open sponsors...giving Djoko a pass will be seen for what it is: rank commercialism and a thumb in the eye to those who have been vaccinated...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    Much ado about nothing.
    Have to disagree. Australians have been locked down long and hard in many places. Lots (as I remember) of Australians were basically stranded overseas as they could not get back in.

    This type of shite grates big time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Have to disagree. Australians have been locked down long and hard in many places. Lots (as I remember) of Australians were basically stranded overseas as they could not get back in.

    This type of shite grates big time.

    ^ This.

    There is one card yet to play ... the Federal Government, still could be denied entry.


    If he gets in ... I hope they BOO him on court ... his fragile ego couldn't handle that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWilly View Post
    Australians have been denied for two years, but this bloke — who’s taken extraordinary liberties in the face of the coronavirus — gets his exemption. Novak Djokovic is an all-time great, but he ain’t essential,
    "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." George Orwell

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    DR willy can you helpNEW BALLS !The Kuala Umpire strikes back tell this JockoItch Koala lumper up yer ...........

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    Novak Djokovic turned away at border ahead of Australian Open over vaccine dispute

    Novak Djokovic might not make it to the 2022 Australian Open after all.


    According to The Times of London, the world No. 1 tennis player was stopped at border control upon entry to Australia due to a reported visa mix-up.


    A member of Djokovic’s team reportedly requested a type of visa that does not apply to individual(s) who have been granted a medical exemption from the COVID vaccines.

    MORE Novak Djokovic refused entry to Australia amid vaccine issues

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    According to The Times of London, the world No. 1 tennis player was stopped at border control upon entry to Australia due to a reported visa mix-up.

    A member of Djokovic’s team reportedly requested a type of visa that does not apply to individual(s) who have been granted a medical exemption from the COVID vaccines.
    Yeh, finally bureaucracy as a use!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    Much ado about nothing.
    It's much ado about Australia being run by karens.

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    They are still holding him, and apparently the Australian Ambassador to Serbia has been 'summoned', djoko's father is going spare & threatening demonstrations, and the Commonwealth & Victorian state gov'ts here are having a shit fight about it, as to who is gonna make the decision! He's been held for a few hours now. This is more interesting than the Australia Open.

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    Don’t forget a visa is only permission to enter the country, not a guarantee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    They are still holding him, and apparently the Australian Ambassador to Serbia has been 'summoned', djoko's father is going spare & threatening demonstrations, and the Commonwealth & Victorian state gov'ts here are having a shit fight about it, as to who is gonna make the decision! He's been held for a few hours now. This is more interesting than the Australia Open.

    Yeah. Gotta give this Serb credit for making it interesting.

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    This means war! Serbs will be at a disadvantage having no Navy but they have some cool aircraft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    Much ado about nothing.
    You really do not understand Australians, if you think that.

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    Good, fuck him. Never did like the bloke, in fact he's an easy guy to hate.

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    Talkin of hateful, shame they can't deny Nick Kyrgios a visa to Australia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Talkin of hateful, shame they can't deny Nick Kyrgios a visa to Australia.

    Never could stand that bloke ... but just recently (assuming he's not being a dick/selfish cnut) I'm cheering for him.

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    ^^Now there's another guy who's easy to not like, a total fucking idiot and a great waste of talent. Cannot even watch him play, he's an embarrassment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    ^^Now there's another guy who's easy to not like, a total fucking idiot and a great waste of talent. Cannot even watch him play, he's an embarrassment.

    HW ... give him a second look.

    He's grown up a bit now ... almost acts like a 15yo old now, not the 2yo he used to be

    If only a little bit of Barty could come his way.

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    ^He's one of these cvnts in sport who the moment things aren't going 100% their way, it must be someone or something else's fault. Tyrell Hatton (golfer) is cut from the same cloth and unsurprisingly, everyone hates him too.

    Barty is simply a class act from top to toe, a real role-model for sportsmanship and remaining humble despite great success and riches. She was in more strife than the early settlers against that young Coco girl from America yesterday who had her down 1 set and 4-2 in the 2nd before Barty turned it around to win the match. Coco will be a world #1 one day too though hopefully, jeez she's good for a 17 year old.

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