Tennis legend Pat Cash says he doesn’t need to be vaccinated against coronavirus because he’s ‘fit’ and healthy
Tennis legend Pat Cash says he doesn’t need to get vaccinated for coronavirus because he’s ‘fit’ and doesn’t want tennis players getting the shot unnecessarily in case they get ‘crippled’.
The 56-year-old Australian, who won Wimbledon in 1987, sat down with… conservative woman to talk about the state of tennis and the conversation turned into a rant about vaccines.
Cash, who was known for his outbursts during his playing career, suggested that fit people don’t get Covid; people were forced to get the shot or lose their jobs; and even a drug that anti-vaxxers say suppresses the virus, but has been widely discredited.
‘I don’t have a politician or a TV doctor who is busy’ [their] payroll tell me what to do and what not to do with my health, okay?’ he said.
“You don’t want to say to a player, ‘Listen, don’t get vaccinated, because you could get crippled’.
‘You don’t really want to go there, but the message was really just waiting to see what happens.’
The 56-year-old Australian, who won Wimbledon in 1987, sat down with Conservative Woman to discuss the state of tennis and the conversation turned into a rant about vaccines
“I don’t want a politician or a TV doctor on payroll telling me what to do and what not to do with my health, okay?” he said
Cash, who remains in excellent shape and regularly participates in the ATP and Champions Cup legend tours, said a life spent taking care of his body properly prepares him for the virus.
He said he had written regularly to the Tennis Association to discourage it from forcing athletes to get the vaccine because of alleged unknown long-term health effects.
‘Should I be vaccinated? I do not know. I will make that decision at a later stage. But right now, no, I don’t need to. I’m fit,” he said.
“I just don’t want young, healthy athletes taking something that could harm them in the long run for no reason at all.
“We just don’t know. Can’t we just wait a year or two until all the information is out? And then make a decision.
‘That was my position. Let’s wait and see what happens.’
There is no evidence that fitness reduces the chances of getting Covid or its effects, and many professional athletes have expanded their battle with ‘Long Covid’ due to the virus with reduced breathing capacities.
Cash claimed that only half of how the shots work are fully understood, despite the fact that the US Food and Drug Administration has given the Pfizer vaccine its full approval and the AstraZeneca shot is recognized across Europe.
He said he has written regularly to the Tennis Association to discourage them from forcing athletes to get the vaccine because of unknown long-term health effects.
“I just don’t want young, healthy athletes taking something that could harm them for no reason in the long run,” Cash said of the current players on the ATP.
Cash was also poured into the Australian government saying his heart was ‘broken’ for his fellow Aussies trapped in their own country
He also said he has only used a “cheap drug” called Ivermectin, which he claims works. This is incorrect as ivermectin has no benefit in preventing or treating Covid.
“I’ve been taking Ivermectin for over a year and a quarter now. We know it works. We know it’s a drug and this isn’t… go ahead, check me, whatever you want,” he told Conservative Woman.
‘Ivermectin works. It’s a cheap drug. It’s a miracle cure. And I’m living proof that I’ve been to the worst areas around the world and haven’t come close to getting Covid.”
The Therapeutic Goods Administration has warned against people taking the antiparasitic drug, which is commonly used against worms, mites and scabies.
“The Therapeutic Goods Administration, part of the Ministry of Health, has noted increased imports and prescriptions of ivermectin for the treatment of Covid-19,” the regulator said in a statement.
“The TGA strongly advises against self-medication and self-dosing with Ivermectin for Covid-19, as it can be hazardous to your health.”
Craig Kelly, who switched to Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party earlier this week, is one of Ivermectin’s public supporters.
Cash also poured into the Australian government, saying his heart was “broken” for his fellow Aussies trapped in their home country, with two states on lockdown.
“The Australian government hasn’t learned a damn thing. It’s mind-boggling. It’s very frustrating,” he said.
“In our anthem, in the first paragraph, it says ‘we are young and free’ – we are no longer free.”