Australia says to stand firm on its anti-Covid rules, the decision on Djokovic is pending

The Australian government, under pressure from the Novak Djokovic saga, said on Friday it would stand firm on the rule banning the unvaccinated from entering the country, but its decision to deport or no, the world number one in tennis is long overdue.

The Serbian from 34 years continued Friday to train in Melbourne in the hope of conquering a 10e title at the Australian Open, which starts on Monday, and a 21e Grand Slam victory, which would be a record.

But Australian Conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison found himself under fire for delay in deciding whether or not to deport the unvaccinated champion.

Djokovic admitted to having filled out his declaration of entry into Australia incorrectly, and not having respected the rules of isolation after having tested positive for Covid-19 in December mbre.

“Nole” had been deported on his arrival in Melbourne on January 5 and placed in a detention center. But his lawyers won a resounding victory on 10 January , by obtaining from a judge that he restore his visa and order his immediate release. e world, as the opponent of Djokovic in the first round.

Serbian Novak Djokovic is training for the Australian Open on 14 January 2022 in Melbourne (AFP – MARTIN KEEP) But Immigration Minister Alex Hawke threatened to deport the champion anyway under his discretionary power. His office later said the decision was being held up by an avalanche of petitions from Djokovic’s legal team.

Finance Minister Simon Birmingham insisted on Friday that Australia only allows people on their full Covid vaccination schedule or those who have an acceptable medical exemption to enter its territory.

“This policy has not changed and we will continue to apply this policy rigorously”, he affirmed on the ABC television channel. very strong political load in Australia, whose inhabitants have endured for almost two years some of the strictest anti-Covid restrictions in the world, and where elections are planned by May.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a press conference in Canberra on January 6 2022 (AFP/Arc hives – STR)Immigration minister ‘must decide now whether Djokovic leaves or not,’ Labor senator Kristina Keneally tweeted, noting that the Serb got his visa 67 days earlier. “The Morrison government is simply incompetent. It’s a farce”.

Some tennis players have pleaded for Djokovic to be able to participate in the Open, but others are much more critical .

Novak Djokovic “played by his own rules” by choosing not to get vaccinated before the Australian Open and “makes the majority of players look like idiots”, estimated Thursday the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, world number four, in an interview with the Indian media WION.

“It takes a lot of nerve to do it and it puts the whole tournament in danger… I don’t think not that many players would do that,” he added.

As the Omicron variant spreads in Australia, Djokovic’s behavior after he tested positive for coronavirus in Serbia on 17 December is closely scrutinized.

Djokovic-Australia showdown (AFP – John SAEKI)The j ouer notably participated in public events, without a mask, the 17 and 17 December in Belgrade, but claimed that he he did not yet know he was positive at that time. French daily L’Equipe for an interview on 17 December.

Djokovic also pleaded “human error” to explain how a wrong box in his Australian entry form was checked.

This document shows that he attested not to have traveled in the 01 days preceding his arrival . However, he was in Serbia and then in Spain.