The Djokovic case raises the question of the vaccination status of athletes

The joy of the world number one in tennis was short-lived. Tuesday, January 4, a smiling Novak Djokovic posed on the tarmac of an airport, ready to fly to Melbourne. The man with the 20 Grand Slam titles including nine on Australian soil – was pleased to have obtained a medical exemption to be able to play the Australian Open, from January 17 to 30. The Serb was disillusioned when he arrived at Melbourne airport the next day. After detaining the player for several hours, the Australian authorities finally canceled his visa, compromising his participation in the first Grand Slam tournament of the season.

“Mr. Djokovic did not provide the appropriate information to enter Australia”, explained Greg Hunt, the Australian Minister of Health, Wednesday evening. According to the local daily The Age, he would not have completed the correct form for the type of visa he requested. The decision of the Australian authorities comes in any case at the end of two days of imbroglio around the vaccination situation of Novak Djokovic. The Serbian player, openly hostile to vaccination, has never communicated on his vaccination status.

“The world has suffered enough like this not to follow the rules”

The vagueness surrounding the granting of a medical exemption to Novak Djokovic has not failed to revive the debate on the vaccination of athletes. “The only thing clear to me is that if you are vaccinated you can play the Australian Open and everywhere else. (…) I think that if Novak wanted it, he would play in Australia without problem ”, Rafael Nadal reacted on Thursday, on the sidelines of the Melbourne tournament in which he takes part, adding that “The world has suffered enough like this not to follow the rules.”

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If other renowned athletes, like Kylian Mbappé, have shown themselves to be fervent activists for vaccination, others have expressed their reluctance towards vaccines. This is the case with NBA superstar Kyrie Irving. Refusing to be vaccinated, the basketball player of the Brooklyn Nets has missed 35 games this season … before returning to the workforce at the request of his leaders.

A question of ethics

For their part, the Australian authorities do not seem willing to grant such a privilege to Novak Djokovic. Australian Prime Minister himself Scott Morisson demanded that the Serbian player provide the evidence justifying the exemption, otherwise “He will return home in the first plane”. “There will be no special rule for Novak Djokovic”, he insisted.

“The Australian government is sending a message to its people: the athlete, even if it is Djokovic, is a citizen who is subject to the same rules as the others”, observes William Gasparini, sociologist specializing in sports issues at the University of Strasbourg. “The particular health and political context of Melbourne also explains the attitude of the public authorities”, he adds. An exception would probably have been very badly perceived by the population in a city which, with more than 262 days of confinement, holds the world record in the matter.

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For the sociologist, vaccination is also a question of ethics: “We consider that high-level athletes, because of what they represent, have a duty to set an example. “ Proof that this exemplarity counts in the eyes of the public, Buffalo Bills player Cole Beasley was booed by his own supporters after publicly expressing his refusal to be vaccinated.

Vaccination pass

Ethical question or not, health measures are being reinforced all over the planet, tightening the noose around recalcitrant athletes. In France, the bill transforming the health pass into a vaccination pass was adopted at first reading on Thursday, January 6. “The obligation to present a vaccination pass is based on the place frequented, recalls Me Gautier Kertudo, lawyer specializing in sports law. Therefore, it applies in the same way to athletes and supporters. “

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However, exceptions could exist with regard to certain sporting events. According to The Parisian, a tournament like Roland-Garros could set up a “Strict sanitary bubble” rather than requiring a full immunization schedule from participating athletes. An exemption that would save Novak Djokovic a lot of trouble. For now, the Serbian champion has obtained a suspension of his expulsion from Australian territory. The player should be fixed on his fate on Monday January 10, date of the hearing.


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April theatrical series

Seven Vietnamese films and two Oscar-nominated movies 2021 hit theaters in April.


Premiere: April 2
Category: Splash – Horror

Director Nguyen Huu Hoang’s work is a project marking Nha Phuong’s return after giving birth in early 2019. She plays Trang – a woman who lives happily with her successful husband (played by Truong The Vinh). and daughter (Bao Tien). When they moved into their new home, they found an old television set in the attic. By chance, she realized this was a device connecting the current world to 1999. That year, a boy Phong (played by Thuan Phat) accidentally discovered a murder at a neighbor’s house. He ran away in fear, despite the rain and storm and was hit by a truck. Through the television screen, Trang warned Phong, saving him in time. However, due to the change in the past, Equipment’s present life was reversed.

Promising Young Woman

Premiere: April 2
Category: Splash – Crime

Trailer "Promising Young Woman

The film, nominated for best film at Oscar 2021, is about Cassandra (played by Carey Mulligan), a girl who studied medicine with a promising future. However, at the age of 30, her career still stopped at serving coffee shops. Every week, Cassandra goes to a nightclub, pretending to be drunk and bait with men. But when they went home with them, she turned into a completely different person.

Minari (Desire to change life)

Premiere: April 2
Genre: Drama
Country: USA – Korea

Trailer 'Minari'

In the 1980s, Jacob (Steven Yeun plays) persuaded his family from Korea to come to the US to set up a career with growing minari (need water). Lee Isaac Chung – explain the movie’s name above The Wrap: “The hydroponic plants are the plants with a strong vitality that can always sprout from the driest soil. I consider the vitality of the vegetable to represent the resilience of immigrants in the United States.” The work won the “Excellent foreign language film” award at the Golden Globe and received the nomination “Best Film” at Oscar 2021.

Way Down / The Vault (Super thief)

Premiere: April 2
Category: Splash – Action
Country: Spain

Movie poster.  Photo: BHD.

Movie poster. Image: BHD.

Thom Laybrick (Freddie Highmore) is a talented engineering student who is considered a genius. He is a group of criminals involved in the theft of a safe in the national bank of Spain, where the security system is considered invulnerable.

The Unholy (Demon Seal)

Premiere: April 2
Category: Horror

Movie poster.  Photo: Galaxy.

Movie poster. Image: Galaxy.

The film is the latest project by “horror tycoon” Sam Raimi, best known for the series Evil Dead, Drag Me to Hell, The GrudgeDevil’s Seal revolves around the deaf girl Alice (Cricket Brown) in a small town in New England. One day, she recovered from the illness and could hear and speak as usual. At the same time, Alice has the power to heal everyone.


Premiere: April 9
Genre: Drama

Bui Lan Huong - "Kieu song"

Movie Kieu starting with the story of Thuy Kieu (My Duyen) being sold for a long time. Witnessing Tu Ba’s henchmen (Phuong Thanh) despise her, Thuc Sinh (Le Anh Huy) saved Kieu from the green floor. Seeing that her husband is infatuated with a beauty, Hoan Thu (Cao Thai Ha) plans to harm her. Kieu was rescued by Thuc from the thieves, and escaped to the depths of the mountain to live.

Mai Thu Huyen – film producer and director – said she plans to make a film about 15 years of chaos Kieu. After discussing with screenwriter – artist Phi Tien Son, she realized that 90 minutes on the big screen was not enough to convey the full story of Kieu, so she narrowed the time. She chose the love affair between Thuy Kieu, Thuc Sinh, and Hoan Thu to get inspiration to build a story with contemporary breath.

Mortal Kombat (Battle of Life and Death)

Premiere: April 9
Category: Action

Trailer Mortal Kombat The war of life and death

“Mortal Kombat” is adapted from the video game of the same name, revolving around Cole Young – a free fighter, specializing in making money from the ring of the underworld. He was born with a black dragon-shaped eczema, seen as an invitation to join the Mortal Kombat arena. The character created by the team did not appear in the original video game.

Nobody (The Unknown)

Premiere: April 9
Category: Action

Bob Odenkirk as the lead Nobody.  Photo: CGV.

Bob Odenkirk as the lead “Nobody”. Image: Universal Pictures.

The film is produced by the duo producer and screenwriter of the action series John Wick perform. Actor Bob Odenkirk plays the character Hutch Mansell, a middle-aged father in a family living in the suburbs. Every day, he was busy with desk work, living a boring life. Mansell was looked down upon by his children, considered a cowardly. To prove himself, he suddenly jumped into a brawl with a group of bears and made the family’s life completely changed.

Voyagers (Wild Instinct)

Premiere: April 9
Category: Science fiction

Movie poster.  Photo: CGV.

Movie poster. Image: CGV.

The film tells the journey of 30 astronauts who are sent into space in search of a new planet. The trip gets chaotic when some members go mad and lose control. The project has the participation of stars Colin Farrell, Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp.

* Movies remaining in April

Dat Phan (Video: CGV, Galaxy, Lotte)