Novak Djokovic’s vaccine exemption to enter Australia delayed

Novak Djokovic (Novak Djokovic) entered Australia with a vaccine exemption because of problems with the visas submitted by him and his team.

According to reports, after arriving in Melbourne, the 20-time Grand Slam winner tried to enter the country with a visa that did not allow medical exemptions for non-vaccinations. When the Border Force contacted Victorian government officials to sponsor the visa, they refused. Do so.

The Serb arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday night local time but ran into trouble at the border. Acting Sports Minister Jaala Pulford confirmed that the state government did not support his application for a visa to participate in the Australian Open.

She wrote on Twitter: “The federal government has asked if we will support Novak Djokovic’s visa application to enter Australia.

“We will not provide Novak Djokovic with personal visa application support to participate in the 2022 Australian Open Grand Slam.

“We have always been very clear about two points: visa approval is the federal government’s business, and medical exemption is the doctor’s business.”

On Tuesday, the 34-year-old Serb revealed He was granted an “exempt license” to travel and compete in the Australian Open No Covid-19 vaccine.

Djokovic never revealed whether he was vaccinated against Covid-19, but criticized the rule that players must be double stabbed.

The reaction to Tuesday’s waiver confirmation has been very negative in Australia and around the world. In the end, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that Djokovic will If the evidence for his exemption from Covid-19 vaccination at the Australian Open is unsatisfactory, then he will “go home on the next flight”.

“For Novak Djokovic, there shouldn’t be any special rules at all, no matter what,” Prime Minister Morrison said.

“He must do this because if he is not vaccinated, he must provide acceptable evidence that he cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and can get the same travel arrangements as a fully vaccinated traveler.”

Victoria’s rules stipulate that the Australian Open will start on January 17, and players must be double-vaccinated against Covid-19.

Race director Craig Terry said earlier that it would be “helpful” for Djokovic to clarify his situation and save him from being vaccinated.

Tilly told reporters: “We fully understand and sympathize with the fact that Novak Djokovic came in because of his remarks about vaccinations in the past few years, which makes some people feel uneasy.”

“We are happy to… Nowak talks about it and helps us solve it, but in the end it depends on him.

“Even legally, we cannot disclose other people’s medical information.”

At the same time, Australia’s Minister of the Interior Karen Andrews issued a statement in response to Prime Minister Morrison’s comments.

“The Australian Border Force will continue to ensure that those arriving at our border comply with our strict border requirements,” her statement read.

“Individuals participating in the Australian Open will not receive any special treatment.”

Terry revealed that 26 unvaccinated players applied for an exemption, and Djokovic was only one of the “few” players according to guidelines set by federal regulators.

The allowable criteria for medical exemptions listed by the Australian Technical Advisory Group range from acute major illnesses to any serious adverse events attributed to previous doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

One possible explanation is that Djokovic contracted the coronavirus for the second time sometime in the past six months, after he contracted it during the highly criticized Adria Tour in Belgrade in 2020. of.

According to the rules announced last year by one of the two independent medical teams involved in the decision, this would deny the need for vaccination.

The preparations for the first Grand Slam this season mainly depend on whether Djokovic will be involved.

After he withdrew from the Serbian team participating in the ATP Cup in Sydney without explanation, speculation became even more intense.

This game provided Djokovic with another chance to beat his rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, each of whom won 20 Grand Slam titles.

He challenged the calendar year Grand Slam in 2021, but lost to Daniel Medvedev in the US Open final, who defeated him in the Australian Open final last year.