Novak Djokovic: Cancelling The Olympics Is Unthinkable!
by Tom Gainey | May 30th, 2016, 4:15 pm
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With continued talk of the Zika virus, even Novak Djokovic is starting to worry a little. While he thinks cancelling the Olympics if far-fetched, he is taking a wait-and-see approach, though for now he’s intent on playing.

“Somebody has passed me the information that a significant amount of scientists have come up with a statement that it’s not safe,” Djokovic said on Saturday after a late win over Aljaz Bedene.

“Honestly, I don’t know what to think anymore. But I need to get informed more so I can speak more in detail about it, because for the moment I’m planning to play the Olympics. Nothing is changing.

“But let’s see what happens. To even think to cancel the Olympic Games is unthinkable, honestly. I mean, many athletes and people already planned in advance and so many people already planned their trips and accommodation in Rio.

“Of course we have to have common sense that health is the most important for anybody that is there. But we should not only think about people coming to Rio. How about those people living there? Not talking about them too much.

“So I think we have to look from different perspectives in order to make a right conclusion.”

For now, Djokovic will have to deal with not only Roberto Bautista Agut but also the rain which will likely compress his playing schedule this week.


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3 Comments for Novak Djokovic: Cancelling The Olympics Is Unthinkable!

chrisford1 Says:

One reason I am a fan of Djokovic is that he is an intelligent interview, willing to go past the stock boilerplate responses to the stock boilerplate questions. IMO, the media in particular ought to be a degree or so more appreciative of Novak for a willingness to be a good, articulate interviewee and willing to step into some “danger zones” in line of inquiry. (ATF pay vs WTA pay, irritating the ITF suits to no end over Cilic and Troickl).
Guy is not scripted.
Roddick and Rafa are also good examples. Hear Rafa in his native Spanish in an interview setting he is comfortable in, and you quickly pick up he is also an unscripted, bright, honest, perceptive champion.

In this case – two good perspectives from Novak,

Why focus media attention on the people going there? What about talking to and about the people living there?

I don’t know enough about the debate at this time, but I want to learn more about the Zika situation as the Olympics get closer. In case decisions are altered or precautions are needed to be in place to protect the athletes and the Brazilian people.


Daniel Says:

I took the vaccine and the majority of cases is more in rural areas where the mosquitos can develop (humid and water without motion conditions).

Also in some major cities, but I haven’t met anybody who had it yet. Not even work, friend of friend, nothing.


Jack Lewis Says:

“One reason I am a fan of Djokovic is that he is an intelligent interview,”

I find his tennis playing to be the main personally.

Not that there was anything particularly intelligent about this interview the “To even think to cancel the Olympic Games is unthinkable,” is actually pretty funny when you think about the unthinkable.

“So I think we have to look from different perspectives in order to make a right conclusion.”

I’m sure whatever works for the people who stand to make a killing from this thing will be what happens.

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