Australian Open: Djokovic’s visa revoked, Serbian president accuses Australia of mistreatment

Melbourne: The question of the participation of Serbian champion Novak Djokovic, world number one, in the Australian Open, the first of four Grand Slams, has intensified after the cancellation of his entry visa in Australia, despite his arrival in airport. In a statement, border officials said Australia canceled the entry visa for the star Serbian Novak Djokovic, the number one in the world, on Thursday, because he could not meet the strict entry requirements. “Non-citizen arrivals who are not in possession of a valid visa upon entry or whose visas have been canceled will be withheld and removed from Australia, “the Australian Border Force said. And things took a growing turn following the intervention of the President of Serbia, who on Wednesday accused Australia of “mistreating” Djokovic, as Victorian state government officials refused to support the entry visa application submitted by the star Serbian on his arrival in Melbourne with the aim of participating in the Australian Open. President Aleksandar Vucic said on Instagram that he spoke on the phone with Djokovic and informed him that “all of Serbia is with him and that the authorities of the country are taking all measures to end the abuses of the best tennis player in the world as soon as possible.” “In line with all standard of international public law, Serbia will fight for Novak Djokovic, justice and truth “, he added. – Djokovic” stranded “at the airport – The minister of sport in Victoria’s office, Gala Polford, said Wednesday that her state has rejected a request for help and that visa approval is the responsibility of the federal government. It was not clear why the state government should have provided its support, but i media Australians said the nine-time Australian Open champion may have applied for the wrong type of visa. According to reports, “Dioko”, who received a medical exemption to participate in the Australian Open, arrived in Melbourne late Wednesday evening. “The federal government has asked if we will support Novak Djokovic’s visa application to enter in Australia, “said Bolford in a tweet. “We will not provide support for Novak Djokovic’s individual visa application to participate in the Australian Open 2022”. The Australian newspaper said Djokovic was trying to enter the country on a work visa “which he believes would have required the support of the Victorian state government.” Melbourne’s Edge newspaper said FFF contacted the Victorian government when it realized Djokovic’s team had applied for the “wrong type of visa”. Angry reactions – Djokovic’s medical exemption has sparked angry reactions in the country, in as the president of the local federation, Craig Tiley, asked him to disclose the reasons for tale exemption, while not revealing at all whether he had received a vaccine against the “Covid-19” virus or not. . “It would certainly be helpful for Novak to explain the circumstances in which he asked for exemption “to participate in the tournament in schedule January 17-30, said Tilley, director of the Australian Open, too in statements to reporters Wednesday. He added: “I encourage him to talk to the community … We have been through a very difficult time in the past two years and I would appreciate some of the responses.” For his part, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that he would ask Djokovic to prove that the “medical exemption” he received to participate in the Australian Open was justified, otherwise he would return “to his country with the first plane”. “We are waiting for it to be presented and for it to supply us prove to justify “the exemption, Morrison said in a press conference. If its prove are insufficient, it will not be treated in way different from everyone else and will return home with the first plane. There will be no special rule for Novak Djokovic, not even one ”. – “There is no special preference” – and the president of the Australian Federation stated that the world’s top ranked player did not receive any preferential treatment to obtain this exemption, during a process overseen by the Australian and Victorian state authorities. He said 26 players or members of their technical, medical and administrative staff out of 3,000 are expected to be in attendance in Australia, they applied for an exemption and only a few of them got it. Tiley insisted that “anyone who meets the conditions for the exemption is allowed in (in Australia). There was no particular advantage. There was no special treatment for Novak. “He pointed out that the two committees in charge of examining the exemption applications did so without knowing the identity of the applicants. In addition to the fact that the Australian Open is his favorite tournament, it is the first of his 20 Grand Slam titles, when he won it in 2008, and no player has ever won it nine times. But the participation of “Noli” in the edition of questyear was suspected for several months for forcing attendees and participants to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, along with those close to them and members of their training and medical staff. Djokovic never talked about his vaccination status and spoke in April 2020 that he was opposed to mandatory vaccination, which was necessary at the time to resume competitions despite the “Covid-19” pandemic. At the time, in a conversation with several Serbian athletes on his Facebook page, he said: “Personally, I am not in favor of vaccinations. I don’t like people who force me to get vaccinated to travel “. Djokovic was granted a “medical exemption” on Tuesday. Australian law provides for this type of exemption to be granted in five specific cases, including Covid-19 infection in the previous six months, serious medical contraindications … But the Australian Football Association has resorted to medical confidentiality to determine which of them applies to Djokovic. – “to spit in do ”- this announcement in particular caused negative reactions from some players who denounced doubles standard, or in some Australian newspaper headlines, in a country where the measures to combat “Covid-19” have been particularly severe since the beginning of the epidemic. Former tennis player turned TV commentator Sam Groth wrote in a column for the Melbourne Herald Sun newspaper that “spit in face any Victorian and Australian. “” You mean you have an exemption, but you don’t want to say why? It’s disgusting hypocrisy. ” British doubles player Jamie Murray, who is currently competing in the ATP Cup in Sydney, complained: “I think if I hadn’t been vaccinated, I wouldn’t have been exempt.” Famous Australian doctor Stephen Barnes criticized in a “strong message” on Twitter: “I don’t care if he’s a good tennis player. If he refuses to receive the vaccine, he shouldn’t be allowed into the country.” “If this exemption is valid, it sends a sad message to the millions who seek to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 in Australia for themselves and for others, “he added. (AFP)

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