June 27, 2022

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Tennis: Djokovic visa revoked; Serbia accuses Australia of “bad treatment”

Tennis: Djokovic visa revoked;  Serbia accuses Australia of "bad treatment"

Novak Djokovic is believed to have worked hard to obtain a medical exemption to participate in the Australian Open, but his World No. 1 visa was revoked at Melbourne Airport due to a lack of documents required to enter the country.

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Djokovic Travel Down Under It turned out to be an unbelievable story and led to a diplomatic incident in which Serbian President Alexander Vusic accused Australia of “misbehaving” with tennis champions after arriving in the state of Victoria, including the capital Melbourne.

Djokovic was smiling to announce on his Instagram account on Tuesday that he was leaving for Melbourne. But the Serbian champion who opposed the confinement vaccine and did not know the vaccine status was finally confused.

His visa was revoked, Australian Customs explained, “Mr. Djokovic did not provide adequate entry to Australia “and” Foreign nationals who do not have a valid visa or whose visa has been revoked will be detained and deported from Australia “.

The fate reserved for “Joko” turned bad for Serbia. Its president, Alexander Vusic, said he had spoken at nThe On 1 phone worldwide, on Instagram “Serbia is all with him [Djokovic]”And it” officials are taking all necessary steps to end the misconduct against the best tennis player in the world as soon as possible.

Earlier on Wednesday, Djokovic’s father Sputnik told media Serbia that his son had been “held hostage for five hours” at the airport.

“There is no special rule for Novak Djokovic. Not least, ”Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned on Wednesday.

“On the first flight”

According to the Australian Press, a nine-time winner of the Australian Open has not completed the proper form to apply for a visa and will not be granted the visa medical exemption he requested.

The newspaper said the Federal Customs Service contacted the state government of Victoria when the Djokovic camp saw their mistake. Age.

But the request was denied, said Victorian Secretary of State Jala Pulford.

Djokovic, who has been silent on his vaccine status, has already been in the crosshairs of the Australian political class since he was declared medically exempt from participating in the Australian Open (January 17-30).

While the evidence supporting this exception is “not enough”, Djokovic insisted that “no one will be treated differently, and he will return home on the first flight”.

“Not for vaccines”

Tennis Australia boss Craig Tyley, also the first Grand Slam director this year, aThe 1 In the process supervised by Australian authorities and Victorian state authorities, no priority treatment was received worldwide to obtain this exemption.

He said a total of 26 players or their staff out of the expected 3,000 in Australia had requested an exemption, but only a few got it. Mr. According to Tiley, the two commissions responsible for examining exemption requests do so without knowing the identity of the applicant.

Novak Djokovic, already 20 Grand Slam winners like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, is aiming for 21 runs.E Record title in Melbourne. His favorite tournament is the Australian Open, which starts on January 17: Serbia wins its first Grand Slam (2008) in Melbourne and no player has won there (nine wins).

Due to the obligation to vaccinate players against COVID-19 to enter Australia, “Knoll” has been skeptical for months about participating in the first Grand Slam this year.

NThe 1 The world spoke out against compulsory vaccinations in April 2020, after which it was hoped to allow the resumption of tournaments. “Personally, I am not for vaccinations. I do not want anyone to force me to be vaccinated for travel, ”he said at the time.

He announced on Tuesday that he had finally obtained a medical exemption allowing him to tour Australia. The country’s regulations provide for this type of exemption in five specific cases (Kovid-19 exposure in the previous six months, serious medical opposition …), but the federation declined to say what applied to Djokovic, citing medical privacy.

The move has sparked outrage in Australia, where measures taken to combat COVID-19 have been tough since the outbreak began.