Its HIS choice! Freedoms Association chief scrambles to back Djokovics jab decision

Djokovic row: Andrew Allison defends him, saying its his 'choice'

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Novak Djokovic insisted he is not against the Covid vaccine but simply does not want to get jabbed himself. Mr Allison claimed that the vaccine rules are stricter in other countries compared to the UK and could understand the reasoning behind Djokovic’s decision. Speaking to the BBC earlier this week, 20-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic revealed that he is willing “to pay the price” and sit out further tournaments if he is required to get inoculated.

Mr Djokovic’s stance on the issue has not changed despite being forced to miss out on the Australian Open last month after rejecting the vaccine, resulting in his deportation from Melbourne.

Asked to comment on his decision to stick to his guns, Mr Allison told TalkRADIO’s Kevin O’Sullivan that people should accept “his choice”.

He said: “Let’s remember that Novak was kicked out of the Australian Open because he didn’t have Covid.

“I think we got to remember that he had Covid so he didn’t have Covid antibodies inside him.

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“He was already testing negative but he was kicked out because he didn’t have Covid because he didn’t have a vaccine.

“That is completely his choice!

“And he is not an anti-vaxxer.”

Mr Allison added: “It’ not that he doesn’t believe in it, he just doesn’t want it himself and that is his choice.”

Djokovic row: Andrew Allison defends him, saying its his 'choice'

Serial winner Mr Djokovic insisted that he is not an opponent of vaccines but simply does not want to compromise his principles.

And he would be even prepared to let go of any hopes of winning a 21st Grand Slam if he has to take part in tournaments as a jabbed individual as freedom of choice is more important than any silverware.

He said: “I have never said that I am part of that movement [anti-vaxxer].

“Because the principles of decision-making on my body are more important than any title or anything else.


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“I’m trying to be in tune with my body as much as I possibly can.

“Based on all the information that I got, I decided not to take the vaccine, as of today.”

With Roland Garros beginning on May 22, it remains to be seen if Mr Djokovic will have to pass up yet another chance of adding to his impressive trophy cabinet.

But Mr Allison reminded listeners that unlike in the UK people’s lives in other countries were “made very, very hard” if they rebuffed the vaccine.

He said: “We’ve seen this all over the world, there is a movement right across the world that is demanding that people have this vaccine.

“We were told that it was always going to be voluntary and thankfully in this country more or less has been the Government’s backdown on the NHS’s worker side of things.

“But in other countries it’s not voluntary.

“People’s lives were made very, very hard and difficult if they do not have a vaccine.”

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