Unvaccinated American swimmer welcomed to Australia with open arms just months after Novak Djokovic was evicted for trying to play under without the jab
- Michael Andrew will be welcomed with open arms in Australia this week
- American swimmer, 23, caused a stir by going to the Olympics unvaccinated
- Novak Djokovic was deported from Australia for his vaccination status
- However, changes to travel requirements will allow Andrew Down Under to travel
Australia will roll out the red carpet for unvaccinated American swimmer Michael Andrew just six months after evicting Novak Djokovic for refusing to get the Covid jab.
Andrew, 23, was one of his country’s most controversial athletes at the Tokyo Olympics after choosing not to be vaccinated and refusing to wear a mask in the mixed zone after the match.
He won gold in the 4x100m medley relay and despite the media storm surrounding his vaccination status, Andrew has steadfastly refused to get a shot.
And according to The courier postAndrew will be free to travel to Australia for this week’s Duel in the Pool between the US and Australia in Sydney, in a surprising move after the fiasco involving world No. 1 Djokovic and the national government.
The Serb was deported from Australia after initially traveling to Melbourne for the Australian Open after refusing to get the jab. Djokovic remains unvaccinated and his participation in this year’s US Open is still uncertain.
However, changes to travel requirements have eased Australia’s stance on the Covid vaccine, allowing Andrew to enter the country.
American swimmer Michael Andrew is welcomed to Australia despite not being vaccinated
Tennis star Novak Djokovic was expelled from the country earlier this year due to his vaccination status
Neither proof of Covid vaccination nor proof of a Covid negative test is no longer required to enter Australia after regulations were changed last month, but face masks are still required on international flights.
Andrew is one of five Olympic Olympians in Tokyo to perform for the US team, revealing that he has received death threats and ‘bad news’ for his Covid stance, insisting he is not an ‘anti-vax freak’.
“I’m not trying to be that guy, I’m just trying to swim fast and show people the passion and purpose of my sport,” Andrew told former Australian swimmer Brett Hawke on his Inside with Brett Hawke podcast.
However, a change in travel requirements means Andrew is free to travel to Sydney this week
“It’s unfortunate and sad that it has almost become so political.
“Obviously, if you believe in something, it’s okay to speak out, but I’m not here to try and give my opinion on people or to get people to take it so seriously.
“We have the freedom to decide for ourselves and decide what we want. I’m just here to swim as fast as possible.”