The Australian Government investigates whether Djokovic lied on his travel form to enter the country

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The Australian authorities are investigating whether the Serbian tennis player lied upon entering Australia when he assured that he had not visited a third country in the previous two weeks, which could lead to his visa being canceled again

Novak Djokovic during the 2021 Australian Open.WILLIAM WESTAFP
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Djordje, brother of Novak Djokovic, He ended the family press conference on Monday in Belgrade when a journalist asked him about the tennis player’s movements the days after he tested positive for Covid-19.

– Is it true that it was positive on December 16?

– Yes, that’s all in the legal documents.

– Did you appear at a public event on December 17 while you were infected?

– The press conference is over.

Djokovic landed in Australia on Wednesday January 5 with a medical exemption to the vaccine because he had given positive in a PCR on December 16. That same day, he attended a ceremony in Belgrade where he received a stamp with his image. A day later, he was photographed at a ceremony with Serbian tennis juniors in which he was not wearing a mask. On the 18th, I participated in a photo shoot.

Serbian health regulations dictate that a person must isolate yourself at home for 14 days if infected. Following the law of his country, Djokovic, although according to his lawyers tested negative in a PCR on December 22, should have finished the quarantine on New Year’s Eve.

The first days of January, before catching a plane to Melbourne, the tennis player was training in Marbella. At the time, it was already rumored whether the Serbian champion could travel to participate in the Australian Open because he had not yet confirmed if he had been vaccinated. In addition, he had not been that week with the team that represented his country at the ATP Cup in Sydney.

Djokovic left his mansion in the luxury resort of Sierra Blanca and arrived in Melbourne with a medical exemption provided by the medical director of Tennis Australia and the state of Victoria. The soap opera that follows everyone knows him: arrested at the airport for landing without being vaccinated, locked in a hotel converted into a detention center for refugees, and released after a judge reversed the decision of the authorities authorities to cancel the tennis player’s visa because the agents did not grant him procedural fairness by not giving him enough time to speak with his lawyers and demonstrate that he had a valid exemption.

This Tuesday morning, Australia woke up in suspense in case the Minister of Immigration, Alex Hawke, he executed his exceptional power to cancel the tennis player’s visa again or gave the Serbian the final victory in his match against the Australian Government, allowing him to participate in the Open. At the moment there is no news on Hawke’s decision. But various Australian outlets, such as The Age, I know they pick up a new investigation by the authorities because Djokovic would have lied on his entry forms to the country.

The tennis player declared that he had not left his residence in Belgrade for the 14 days prior to his arrival in Australia on January 5. Check that box in the protocol question that appears on all entry forms to the Pacific country. The problem is that It was not true because the Serbian was in training in Marbella before leaving for Melbourne.

Although the tennis player, during his interrogation with the airport agents, said that it had been Tennis Australia, the governing body of the sport in the country, who had completed his travel declaration. A mistake in filling in a paper that state officials can now grab to turn the tennis player’s victory around after the verdict in his favor on Monday.

“All travelers arriving in Australia are asked if they have traveled or will travel in the 14 days prior to their flight to Australia. They are also warned that giving false or misleading information is a serious offense, and may be subject to a civil sanction, with the maximum penalty of 12 months in prison “, details the newspaper The Age.

The Djokovic case, after being released and posting a photo on Twitter training at a Melbourne track (“I am pleased and grateful that the judge revoked the cancellation of my visa. Despite everything that has happened, I want to stay and try to compete, “he wrote), he continued with a call between the Serbian Prime Minister, Ana Brnabic, with her Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, whom many in his country remember his famous words defending the cancellation of the tennis player’s visa: “Rules are rules, and no one is above them, especially when it comes to our borders. “

Djokovic, despite not being vaccinated as the rules dictate, crossed borders and now contest the Australian Open unless the Minister of Immigration says otherwise.

The Serbian premier telephoned Morrison to ask him, according to Serbian media, that Djokovic be treated “fairly and that all his rights be respected.” Morrison, to calm the open diplomatic crisis with Serbia in recent days, agreed to Brnabic’s request, adding that both governments will remain in direct contact these days.

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