Olympic sprinting legend Michael Johnson has criticized political writer James Melville for associating Novak Djokovic with boxer Muhammad Ali.
Due to Djokovic’s stance on vaccination, Melville, who has criticized vaccine passports and lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic, made the parallel and claimed that both men stood their ground and upheld their strongly-held beliefs.
Due to his lack of vaccination, Djokovic has missed out on many tournament opportunities this year and will also miss the US Open due to the country’s vaccination rules. However, Muhammad Ali was prohibited from participating in the sport because he opposed the Vietnam war and refused to enlist in the American army.
In light of this, James Melvile expressed his thoughts on the situation on Twitter and compared the 21-times Grand Slam winner to the late great Ali.
“Two sporting icons. Two different eras….