It has been a stormy begin to the yr for tennis world primary Novak Djokovic. Or, as memers prefer to name him, No-vax Djo-Covid. The Serb’s anti-vaccination stance was identified all by way of the pandemic, however the matter got here to a head as he was denied entry into Australia to play the calendar yr’s first grand slam.
Although a federal court docket has dominated that the federal government’s cancellation of his visa regardless of him getting a medical exemption from Australia’s strict vaccination mandate was unlawful, the saga is way from over.
However, Djokovic’s refusal to get vaccinated has as soon as once more delivered to the fore his unorthodox beliefs and way of life.
The 34-year-old has incessantly dismissed fashionable medication and has been a proponent of other medication for restoration and remedy.
Djokovic is understood to make journeys to Visoko in Bosnia the place he meets businessman Semir Osmanagic, who claims the traditional man-made constructions within the space have therapeutic powers.
The participant can be a long-time scholar of Chervin Jafarieh, an anti-science wellness guru, who’s believed to be behind Djokovic’s anti-vaccine stance. The wellness guru is in opposition to “militarism, urbanization, carbon combustion, mining of metals and poisonous supplies, manufacturing of chemical compounds and organic poisons”, which results in his scepticism of contemporary medication.
Final yr, Djokovic was ridiculed for discussing with Jafarieh on a public discussion board how he might alter the composition of water and meals by way of the facility of optimistic considering.
“I’ve seen individuals and I do know some those who by way of energetical transformation, by way of the facility of prayer, by way of the facility of gratitude, they handle to show essentially the most poisonous meals or essentially the most polluted water, into essentially the most therapeutic water,” mentioned Djokovic through the interplay.
“As a result of water reacts and scientists have confirmed that molecules within the water react to our feelings to what’s being mentioned.”
Jafarieh was reportedly promoting $50 bottles of Superior Mind Vitamins on the time.
In an interview with podcaster Jay Shetty, Djokovic described the significance of religious academics and Reiki healers in his life, saying that they’d helped him and his spouse to “open our minds, much more, to know how we are able to have inner conversations with ourselves”.
Djokovic additionally attributes a lot of his on-court success to giving up gluten after a Serbian nutritionist Dr Igor Cetojevic held a chunk of white bread in opposition to his abdomen as a take a look at in 2010. He as soon as mentioned that he adopted a strictly plant-based weight-reduction plan.
Djokovic’s highway to greatness could have concerned the quirks of other medication and wellness gurus, however all of these stayed as private decisions that no person cared about. Till the pandemic hit and an ill-fated Adria Tour in 2020 uncovered the consequences of his beliefs on others round him. Historical past will bear in mind him as one of many best athletes of the twenty first century. Science will bear in mind him as a denier.