Although many are hospitalized and may even perish from COVID-19, Greek tennis ace and anti-vaxxer Stefanos Tsitsipas said he thought it was a good idea if young people were infected with the virus so that they can strengthen their immunity against it.
At a tennis event in Cincinnati where he got into trouble, including with the Greek government urging people to get vaccinated as the pandemic spreads, he told Greek reporters that the vaccine “n ‘has not been sufficiently tested “to make him believe it is safe and effective.
He also said he felt “for us young people I think it’s good to pass the virus on because we are going to build up immunity”, apparently without knowing that more than 13,000 people in Greece have died from COVID-19 and that it is now targeting young people and especially the unvaccinated.
He is one of the anti-vaccines, which many believe is part of an international conspiracy to alter their DNA and control their minds although he has not said if he would go this far in denying the science behind it, and how vaccines have slowed the pandemic and saved countless lives.
“For me, the vaccine has not been tested enough, it is new. It has side effects, I personally know some people who have had it. I’m not against clarifying this, I just don’t see any reason for someone in my age group to need to be vaccinated, ”he said.
“I think the concept should be given to older people, if I’m not mistaken. It’s not something we know too well and so far it hasn’t been given to us as a must on tour So there is no reason, ”he said in disjointed sentences.
He said earlier that he would not be vaccinated unless the professional ATP tennis circuit required it, in which case he would be willing to change his principles to keep playing and making money.
Feeling the backlash as his stance could cause Greek anti-vaccines to double their refusal, which kept the pandemic spreading, he asked what his press conferences were for if he couldn’t express his point of view. , rather than remaining “diplomatic”. and trying not to offend anyone.
“I didn’t say anything strange. Everyone has their point of view,” he added.
“I want to see a better version of the vaccine, which will give us more advantages than disadvantages,” added the Roland Garros finalist, various media said.
In an interview with Greek public television ERT, Tsitsipas’ father and trainer, Apostolos, defended his son and said that athletes do not need to be vaccinated as they cannot or will not be infected. no big deal, although many professional and Olympic athletes have contracted the virus.
“Athletes have strong enough immune systems to cope with any challenge that may arise. They take the necessary steps, are in a controlled environment, and perform PCR and Antigen tests almost daily,” he said.
The controversy erupted just as an obscene article appeared in Vogue magazine describing him as charming.
The report said: “As Tsitsipas’ game evolves, he also evolves towards his own person, trying out hobbies and habits to find out what is right for him.
“I’m an adult now,” he says of his burgeoning independence. “I am no longer a boy. When I was 21 I felt like, you know, things have changed. He is 23.
Tsiptsipas – a role model for many – has been slapped by the New Democracy government for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and for saying it does not affect young people.
Tsitsipas said he would only be vaccinated if it became mandatory to continue playing on the professional circuit where he is ranked third in the world, ready to bend his principles to keep making money.
“He does not have the knowledge and the studies to assess the need for vaccinations,” government spokesman Giannis Oikonomou said in Greek press articles. “Stefanos Tsitsipas is a great athlete, his athletic skills and contribution to sport in the country are unmistakable,” he added.
“What is at stake, however, is its ability to assess the need for vaccination or whether the vaccine has been tested for a sufficient period of time. And… he has neither the knowledge, nor the studies, nor the research that would allow him to form an opinion on this subject.