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The expulsion of Novak Djokovic still pending


Novak Djokovic was well integrated this Thursday, January 13 in the table of the Australian Open, but the legal tussle over his visa continues and the world No. 1 in tennis, unvaccinated, remains under the threat of a expulsion.

The hopes of the 34-year-old Serbian to win a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title are more threatened than ever, since he admitted to committing “Errors” in his behavior after testing positive for Covid-19 in December and completing his entry form to Australia.

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On condition of not being expelled, he will be opposed to his Serbian compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic (78th) in the 1st round of the Australian Open, according to the draw made this Thursday, January 13 with more than an hour late. Organizers did not say whether the delay was due to uncertainties over Djokovic’s fate, as the government plans for the second time to cancel his visa.

A first cancellation of this precious sesame by the authorities was revoked on January 10 by an Australian judge, a decision which caused a stir.

A “dangerous precedent”

On Thursday afternoon, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said no decision has yet been taken on a possible visa cancellation and expulsion of the player. The position of Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, who had said he was considering an annulment under his discretionary powers, ” did not change “Scott Morrison added during a press conference. He recalled that the decision was in the hands of the minister, before declining to any other comment.

Australian Open director and Australian Federation president Craig Tiley, one of the main players in the Djokovic fiasco, declined to answer journalists’ questions after the draw.

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According to the Melbourne Herald Sun, a government official claimed that allowing Djokovic to stay in Australia without being vaccinated against the coronavirus would set a dangerous precedent. This source allegedly said that a cancellation of the visa would be in line with the efforts made by the island-continent for months to fight against the spread of the virus.

The legal battle that the government is waging in this affair is of a political nature in this country, which is among those to have experienced some of the most draconian restrictions on the planet, and four months away from general elections.

“Australian policy is not to allow unvaccinated people to enter its territory. How did we get there, it is beyond my comprehension ”Labor opposition leader Anthony Albanese said Thursday. “How is it that Novak Djokovic was able to come here? “

“Error of judgment”

The player arrived in Melbourne on January 5, claiming an exemption from vaccination against Covid-19 due to a positive test dated December 16. Immigration officials rejected this waiver request, stating that a recent infection was insufficient reason. They canceled his visa and the player was placed in a detention center.

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But Djokovic’s legal team succeeded in having this decision overturned on January 10 by a court, on a procedural issue related to his questioning at the airport.

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On Instagram, the world number one admitted on Wednesday “Errors”, for failing to respect the isolation rules in Serbia after his contamination and for having incorrectly completed his entry form in Australia. The player with twenty major titles assured to have carried out two negative antigenic tests before events in public on December 16 and 17 in Belgrade.

On the other hand, he recognizes a “Error of judgment”, when he received, knowing he was asymptomatic, the French daily “L’Equipe” for an interview on December 18.

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Djokovic also pleads “Human error” to explain how a wrong box in their entry form was checked. This document, widely circulated by the Australian media, shows that he testified that he had not traveled in the 14 days preceding his arrival. However, he was in Serbia and then in Spain.

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An investigation by the German daily “Der Spiegel” also questioned the date of his positive test.



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