Sport and the global fight against vaccines – the Athletic


When we look at the global sport vaccination campaign, we should start with the case of Kyrie Irving.

Brooklyn Nets 29-year-old NBA star not vaccinated against COVID-19, team general manager Sean Marks confirmed Tuesday. And so, he put his team in a difficult position. The Nets play in New York City, where local regulations require players to be vaccinated in order to play at home or train with their teams. Unless he gets the jab, Irving is expected to abstain from all training and home games and see his pay cut, leaving questions about what he will do and how the team will proceed if either of the its best players is not available for half of the season.

On Tuesday, the Nets responded to their end by announcing that Irving would not train or play with the team – at all – until he was vaccinated.

“Kyrie made a personal choice and we respect her individual right to choose,” Marks said in a statement. “Currently, the choice restricts her ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not allow any member of our team to participate with part-time availability.”

So far, Irving’s case has received the most media coverage in terms of such a big impact on his team. This overshadowed the fact that 95% of NBA players have been vaccinated.

In addition to the NBA, other American leagues namely the NFL, NHL and MLB have experienced a much higher vaccination rate than the Premier League. Tennis is also lagging behind sport in the United States


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