Djokovic admits a "human error" when filling in the immigration form to enter Australia


“I felt compelled to go to the interview with The team so as not to leave the journalist lying down, but I kept social distance and a mask all the time, except during photographs “

Novak Djokovic training for the Australian Open, this Tuesday in Melbourne.JAMES ROSSEFE

Pending the final decision of the Australian Immigration Minister on whether to permanently withdraw the visa to Novak Djokovic, and after the latest news that have come out regarding the error in his entry form to Melbourne and the suspicions about a possible falsification of your negative PCR test, the protagonist of the story has responded to all this on his Instagram account.

It is the second time he has spoken since he was detained by Australian border agents at Melbourne airport on January 5 and on Monday a judge reversed the authorities’ decision to cancel his visa to compete in the Australian Open. . In his post on the social network, he has said that he wants to “address the continuing misinformation about my activities and attendance at events in December in the period prior to my positive PCR test result.”

Djokovic arrived in Australia with a medical exemption to the vaccine because he had tested positive in a PCR on December 16. The tennis player says that that day a rapid antigen test was done, which came back negative, after attending a basketball game in Belgrade a couple days earlier in which several people tested positive. A PCR test was also done that same day.

The next day (December 17) he went to the tennis event where he presented trophies to the children after taking another rapid antigen test that also came back negative. You received your PCR test result, which was positive, at the end of that event. In his post on Instagram he goes on to explain that he had a “long-standing engagement” the next day (December 18) for an interview with L’quipe on the sand feel “obliged” to watch and wore a mask all the time except when the photo was taken. He admits that this was “an error in judgment.”

The german newspaper The mirror published yesterday that the data in the URL of the result of the PCR result of January 16 in which Djokovic says he tested positive, carried out by the Serbian Institute of Public Health, appears linked to the QR code provided to the Australian immigration agency as part of the visa application. These data suggest that The date of the test is December 26. “Based on these tests, the most plausible explanation is that the positive test result was added to the official Serbian database on December 26, and not on December 16,” the cybersecurity experts conclude to the German newspaper. .

The tennis player has also responded to the investigation underway by the Australian authorities about whether he had lied on a border entry form, checking the box that he had not traveled outside of Serbia in the two weeks prior to his arrival, when he was training in Marbella before catching the plane to Melbourne.

“My travel statement was completed by my support team and my agent sincerely apologizes for the clerical error in checking the wrong box,” says Djokovic, adding that it was “human error and certainly not deliberate.”

According to the Australian media and the tennis player himself has confirmed in his letter, the Serbian’s legal team has provided the Australian government with “additional information on this matter” that will try to give arguments to the Minister of Immigration, Alex Hawke, to let the tennis player defend the title at the Australian Open.

The minister’s office has already confirmed that these extensive additions to the case will further delay the minister’s final decision, who can resort to section 133 of the Migration Act which gives him exceptional power to cancel Djokovic’s visa again if he considers that the Serbian “represents a risk to the health, safety or good order of the Australian community” .

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