Australia Proves It Has Foregone Liberty as it Tramples Free Expression in a Non-COVID Controversy – Opinion

Australia’s tennis scandal has a new twist. This is not related to the pandemic.

The country is losing its freedoms has been the common refrain when watching Australian news. A government that is in panic mode and looking to further oppression has displayed a remarkable display of oppression for the sake of public safety. The videos of mask wearing people in jail are not all that is happening. There have also been manhunts to find vaccine scofflaws. Internment camps have been set up for anyone who refuses to get vaccinated.

The situation escalated to an uproar weeks later when authorities began to pursue Novak Djokovich, a tennis player. The government made a decision to deport the athlete after initially accepting him in the country. Although his travel documents were cancelled and then restored, he was nevertheless detained and finally deported because of his immunization status. The fact that he is an athlete who has been positive for antibodies and is currently a professional was not taken into account. This man was used to make a mockery of him.

A new controversy in tennis has emerged from the ex-penal colony of Australia. It has nothing to do COVID. Security arrived at a match to speak to some of the fans. The police were eventually called because the shirt these individuals wore was offensive. They had the following phrase printed on their shirts: Peng Shuai – Where are you?? It refers to the missing female Chinese soccer player, who was charged with sexual abuse by a Chinese official.

It is an unfortunate look for Aussie tennis. The Australian team has been criticized over Djokovic. Peng Shuai was in the Top-20 in the world when she made her allegations in November. She has disappeared not only from social media, but she also hasn’t appeared on the tennis tour since then. Some She was filmed in China and videos were made. but were released by state-run sources, indicating to many that she was possibly physically well, but prevented from travel and kept in a condition of control. 

According to the Australian tennis authorities, the supporters were told that there are rules that prevent such slogans. The police also confirmed that they had the right to seize the banner and clothing that contained the phrase. ESPN received the explanation. by the body Tennis Australia.

Under our ticket conditions of entry we don’t allow clothing, banners or signs that are commercial or political,” a spokesperson said. “Peng Shuai’s safety is our primary concern. We continue to work with the WTA and global tennis community to seek more clarity on her situation and will do everything we can to ensure her well-being.”

This statement is more complicated than it answers. This isn’t a political question asking about an individual’s whereabouts. This isn’t a political question, but it raises questions about an individual’s wellbeing. Tennis Australia might want to bring up the matter if Peng Shuai is ill. The fact they consider safety of Peng Shuai’s player as a political issue shows that they have accepted the Chinese government’s views on this matter. This also means their lip service to the player’s condition is compromised, to say the least.

Given the recent totalitarian acts of violence, one can see why the authorities and government would follow the Chi-Com directives. Strangely, players seem to be free to voice their concerns about Shuai despite the restrictions on fan support. Some players have brought up this topic at post-match press conferences.

This could indicate the sport’s global authority, the World Tennis Association, has more of an outward concern on the matter. It is possible that Australia will try to suppress any comments that are made by the players if they feel comfortable and allowed to speak freely about the issue. This is a significant statement considering how Australia has trampled individual rights in the last years.

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