Djokovic and the rejection of the vaccine by other sports stars

Novak Djokovic He asserted his status as the best tennis player in the world on Tuesday so that the Australian Open and the government of the country decided to make an exception with him. Faced with the obligation of the vaccine, the Serbian received a "health exemption" that will allow you to fight for revalidation of the title that he achieved 12 months ago by keeping his silence on whether he has been immunized against Covid-19 or not.

The Serbian has never said that he had not been vaccinated, but the evidence is that, had he done so, he would have saved many headaches in these months, starting with the process to be able to attend the Australian Open with an exception to the letter. Djokovic argues that it is an issue strictly personal of which you should not inform anyone.

He is not the only great tennis player subscribed to skepticism, in fact the current three best in the world have had their own particular history. Russian Daniil Medvedev, second in the ranking, refused for months to talk about his vaccination. The Russian federation put an end to the doubt a few weeks ago, confirming that it had received the complete guideline.

Greek Stefanos TsitsipasFor his part, he was reluctant to the injection in public for many months, although he ended up changing his mind. "I do it to be able to lead a normal life," explained the world number three and last finalist of Roland Garros.


Although perhaps along with Djokovic, the case of the most famous anti-vaccine athlete in the world is that of the basketball player Kyrie irving. A guy, so to speak, quite peculiar, who a few years ago came to exhibit his belief that the Earth is flat. "I am doing the best for myself. I know the consequences and, if that means that I am judged and demonized for my decision, that is what it touches, "said the US base on his rejection of the vaccine, supported through street demonstrations.

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving in a file photo. EFE

A posture that is costing you dearly, since the posture of New York (where their Brooklyn nets) to allow unvaccinated to enter wards led his team to remove him from their discipline, suspending payment of your salary. The Nets, however, have decided to reinstate him in recent days given the plague of contagions on the team. You will not be able to play at home, but you will be able to do so in most of the pavilions of the NBA.

'Kimmich case'

In football, the most striking case is the one that affects the Bayern Munich. In November, at least four footballers had refused immunization: Joshua Kimmich, Serge gnabry, Eric Choupo-Moting Y Jamal musiala. A circumstance that came to light when the Bavarian government vetoed the entry to hotels and restaurants of those who did not have the complete guideline, something that affected the day-to-day life of Bayern and these players.

Bayern midfielder Joshua Kimmich.

Of them, Kimmich has already changed his mind ... after catching it. It happened at the end of November and due to the lung sequelae of the disease, he has still not been able to return to the pitch. "For me, it was difficult to cope with my fears and misgivingsThat's why I've been undecided for so long, "he explained after announcing that he would inoculate the doses when the health authorities tell him that he can do it.

The list refers to foreigners because there have been no no case in Spain (at least at the first level) of athletes who have avoided talking about their vaccination or who have declared that they are against immunization against Covid-19. Certainly, by pure statistics, there are, but none have publicly positioned themselves in this direction.


Cases as mediatic as those of these athletes can lead to the mistaken feeling that it is a group with a significant rejection of vaccination. The data in different leagues and competitions indicate just the opposite conclusion, since the immunized ratios they are much greater than those of the general average of the population.

In Spain, more than 90% of people over 12 years of age have already received the full vaccination schedule, not counting the booster dose. Well, according to the data it handles The league, at the end of November they had already vaccinated the 95% of footballers, a percentage that has increased in recent weeks, although the data has not yet been updated. In the league Basketball CBAFor its part, the season has already started with a number of unvaccinated "anecdotal, minimal".

Tyler Bertuzzi, the only NHL player who has not been vaccinated.

The contrast is even clearer in the United States, where the number of anti-vaccines is much higher, since only 71% of those older than 12 years have received the two initial doses. Well, in professional leagues vaccination has been massive. In the NFL (American football), the latest data available refers to the 94.6% and in the NBA the figure already exceeds 97%. The most extreme case is that of NHL (ice hockey), a league in which there is only one player who has refused the vaccine: Tyler Bertuzzi, of the Detroit Red Wings.

Other competitions, however, show more modest ratios. The Premier league made it public before Christmas that only the 77% of its footballers had received two or three doses, while 7% have already received one, which is equivalent to 16% of players who have refused immunization. On the ATP tennis circuit, in October only one 65% of players had completed their guideline, a figure that has not been updated since.


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