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“Some of Us Need to Take It Seriously”- Olympics Legend Michael Phelps Takes a Dig at Novak Djokovic Over His Visa Controversy



Michael Phelps and Novak Djokovic at Rio Olympics 2016

Phelps voiced his criticism over Djokovic ‘s breaching of COVID protocols in an interview with Christiane Amanpour on CNN earlier today. The most decorated Olympian, Michael Phelps was interviewed by the CNN journalist, Christiane Amanpour during which, he was asked his opinion on the Novak Djokovic controversy.

Phelps was questioned about his view- point on the Serbian athlete’s debacle and in general as athletes being role models & rule followers. the American swimmer answered by citing his experience with COVID along with the battle of the world against the infection.

He said- “As athletes, we are role models. When it comes to COVID and what we are all going through…” Sharing his experience when infected- “I’ll be the first to admit it, I had COVID and it was terrible; I literally thought I was going to die for 36 hours.” He added that it was the most miserable experience that he had ever had.




Michael Phelps further admitted that he doesn’t take the matter lightly as it is something that has killed a lot of people. In order to get through this together, the swimmer thinks everyone has to be on the same page. Agreeing with each other and following guidelines will help save lives is what Phelps has to say to people out there. 

The Olympic champion continues to say- “There are so many things going around in the media about COVID, it’s overwhelming and honestly it is kind of scary at times.” Probably directly it to the Serbian champ, he adds on- ” Some of us need to take it a little more seriously than we do.”

Previously, Phelps had admitted Novak Djokovic to be his sports idol, with whom he had interacted during the Rio Olympics held back in 2016.

Serbian tennis pro Novak Djokovic

Serbian tennis pro Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic suffers three year ban as his visa gets cancelled again

Novak’s visa was cancelled yet again by the Australian government over his Vaccination fiasco. This move was taken by the Minister of Immigration, Alex Hawke in a view that the Serbian athlete’s unvaccinated status would put others’ health at risk.

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