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Djokovic has 80% stake in biotech firm developing Covid drug
QuantBioRes is working on a treatment not a vaccine, but CEO says tennis star is ‘not anti-vax’
Novak Djokovic is the controlling shareholder in a Danish biotech firm aiming to develop a treatment for Covid-19 that does not involve vaccination, it has emerged.
The world No 1, who was deported from Australia this week after the government cancelled his visa in a dispute over a medical exemption relating to his unvaccinated status, bought an 80% stake in QuantBioRes in 2020.
Ivan Loncarevic, the company’s chief executive, confirmed the investment to Reuters. He subsequently told the Financial Times that he had not spoken to Djokovic, who has won more than $150m in prize money, since November and that the tennis star was “not anti-vax”.
Djokovic flew out of Australia on Sunday after losing a legal challenge to overturn the cancellation of his visa by Alex Hawke, the country’s immigration minister, who said Djokovic’s presence in Australia might risk “civil unrest” as he was a “talisman of anti-vaccination sentiment”.
QuantBioRes has about 11 researchers working in Denmark, Australia and Slovenia, according to Loncarevic, who stressed the company was working on a treatment, not a vaccine. The company’s website says it started developing a “deactivation mechanism” for Covid-19 in July 2020.
Djokovic, who may also be barred from defending his French Open title in Roland Garros in May after the French government ruled on Monday that all athletes will have to be vaccinated in order to attend and compete in sporting events, acquired his stake in the company in June 2020.
The company is developing a peptide, which inhibits the coronavirus from infecting the human cell, and it expects to launch clinical trials in Britain this summer, Loncarevic said.
A spokesperson for Djokovic did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Judges reveal why Novak Djokovic had to miss Australian Open
An Australian court has said it was reasonable to be concerned that Novak Djokovic might have inspired anti-vaccine sentiment, and revoke his visa.
The tennis star had been preparing for the Australian Open when the immigration minister cancelled his visa on "health and good order" grounds.
Laying out its reasons for backing that decision, the court said Djokovic's opposition to vaccines was well-known.
"An iconic world tennis star may influence people of all ages," it said.
In its formal written decision, it found that Djokovic could encourage "especially the young and the impressionable, to emulate him".
"This is not fanciful; it does not need evidence. It is the recognition of human behaviour," the three-judge panel wrote.
And it noted that such influence might not affect just anti-vaccination campaigners, but "also... people who may simply be uncertain or wavering as to whether they will be vaccinated".
Djokovic had initially been detained by border officials when he arrived in Australia in early January and his visa was cancelled. But he won a legal case challenging that decision, before immigration minister Alex Hawke stepped in and cancelled it again on 14 January.
This time, the player's lawyers had argued that the world's number one men's tennis player had never told people not to get vaccinated, and the decision by the minister was not based on fact.
But the panel rejected those claims.
Djokovic "had for over a year chosen not to be vaccinated since vaccines became available", they said. And the minister was concerned by reports that anti-vaccination groups "had portrayed Mr Djokovic as a hero and an icon of freedom of choice".
The issue was not about whether Djokovic was proven to be a risk, but only whether the minister was "satisfied" that he might be.
"Another person in the position of the Minister may have not cancelled Mr Djokovic's visa. The Minister did," they wrote.
The court papers also showed that an online BBC News article appears to have been submitted as evidence.
"What has Novak Djokovic actually said about vaccines?" was cited in the minister's reasons as a record of the star's historic comments, including that he had, before Covid vaccines were available, said he was "opposed to vaccination".
He later clarified his position by adding that he was "no expert" and would keep an "open mind" but wanted to have "an option to choose what's best for my body".
Djokovic's lawyers took issue with the article as evidence, arguing that Djokovic had not been asked for his current views.
But the court said the tennis player had not said anything to suggest a "change of attitude" either in public or when interviewed by Australian officials.
Andrey Rublev claims he was let into Australia with Covid amid Novak Djokovic drama
The Russian has revealed he was Covid positive when he arrived in Melbourne, but was allowed in anyway to quarantine ahead of the first Grand Slam of 2022
Andrey Rublev has claimed he was allowed to enter Australia despite testing positive for Covid-19, so he could quarantine ahead of the Australian Open.
The Russian's Grand Slam plans looked uncertain after he caught the virus just a few days before he was due to travel Down Under.
But the tennis star headed to Melbourne anyway and, even though he was still Covid positive when he arrived, he was allowed in and no longer needs to be tested.
Rublev has since won his first two matches and is due to meet former US Open champion and Melbourne finalist Marin Cilic in the third round.
Speaking after his victory over Ricardas Beraknis on Thursday, he told Russian outlet.
"When I flew to Australia, I was still positive, but the level of Covid SS, as it is called, I will not lie, it was very low and not dangerous.
"I was allowed to enter the country. In addition, I spent more than ten days in quarantine."
His claims come less than a week after world number one Novak Djokovic was deported from the country over a visa issue.
It was just a flu. They call is Covid SS.
No one gets a flu nowadays. They have to call it covid "something".
Craig Tiley says Novak Djokovic not suing Tennis Australia and will return for 2023 Australian Open
Tennis Australia chief says world No 1 will be back next year despite visa cancellation coming with three-year ban on re-entry except in compelling circumstances
Tennis Australia’s chief executive, Craig Tiley, has dismissed suggestions that Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic may sue the organisation and has claimed the world No 1 will be back at the Australian Open in 2023.
Tiley has maintained a low profile since Djokovic was deported a week ago. However, on Sunday, he spoke to ABC TV and said Djokovic was not considering taking legal action against Tennis Australia over its role in the saga.
“No,” he said when asked if Tennis Australia was being sued. “I mean there is going to be lots of reports on different things but we are in a position where we are focused on delivering an event right now and we will continue to deliver a great event.”
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The beleaguered chief executive also replied “Yes” when asked if Djokovic would be back in Australia for the 2023 tournament.
“Obviously, I think he’s got to play out this year, but that will be his intention. At the end of the day, he’s the No 1 player in the world and he loves the Australian Open.”
Use of the immigration minister’s power to cancel a visa – as happened in Djokovic’s case – comes with a three-year ban on re-entering Australia, except in compelling circumstances, such as compassionate or Australian national interest grounds.
On Thursday, the Sun in the UK reported that Djokovic was considering suing the Australian government over his detention, arguing it amounted to ill-treatment.
Tennis Australia and a board of medical experts connected with the Victorian state government granted Djokovic an exemption to participate in the tournament despite him not being vaccinated against Covid on the basis he had recently recovered from the virus.
However, the federal government disagreed and border force cancelled Djokovic’s visa after he arrived at Melbourne airport on 5 January. The tennis star was forced into immigration detention while he challenged the decision in the courts – initially having a win in the federal circuit court – but he was ultimately deported last Sunday night after failing in his bid to overturn the minister’s decision.
Speaking to the ABC on Sunday, Tiley refused to say why his organisation seemingly ignored letters from federal health authorities that clearly stated that “people who contracted Covid-19 within the past six months and seek to enter Australia from overseas and have not received two doses of an [TGA] approved … vaccine are not considered fully vaccinated”.
Tiley declined to answer directly, but he suggested at the time decisions were being made about Djokovic’s participation, the Covid rules and conditions were frequently changing.
“It’s important to know we have always tried to do the right thing … We were at the beginning of Omicron and that’s why we were constantly seeking clarity and there was a lot of complexity and contradiction of information before, after and there continues to be all the way through,” he said.
Tiley implied the letters from the federal government in November 2021 did not paint a full picture of all the conversations Tennis Australia had with the commonwealth concerning unvaccinated players.
“We tried to do the right thing … leading into the event were forever-changing conditions. You seek clarity, and one or two bits of communication doesn’t define all the amounts of communication that continued to go on leading into the event.”
Despite being jeered by crowds at the Australian Open earlier this week, Tiley has stated that he has no intention of stepping down over the Djokovic deportation scandal.
Tiley was asked if, after all his communications with the federal government, he was “shocked” when Djokovic was detained at the Melbourne airport and taken into immigration detention.
“Yes. I think what we constantly sought was clarity because our goal is always to do the right thing,” he said. “To make sure that Victorians are safe.”
Novak Djokovic gets huge French Open boost as France introduce 'new vaccine passport rule'
Novak Djokovic will reportedly be able to defend his French Open title in 2022 regardless of his Covid vaccination status.
The clay tournament at Roland Garros is set to get underway on 22 May to run until 5 June, and there were reports that Djokovic would be denied entry to France after a recent law change insisting on the necessary use of vaccine passports. President Emmanuel Macron is also holding a tough stance on vaccinations.
However, it now appears the 20-time Grand Slam champion will be allowed to play in France under the new rules.
Per La Gazetta, France’s vaccine passport can be awarded to individuals who have recovered from Covid in the last six months - which would mean Djokovic would be able to enter the country even if he remains unvaccinated after he tested positive in mid-December.