Novak Djokovic is detained again in Australia hours after the government denied his visa for the second time. The number one tennis player in the world is waiting for the final trial to be held to find out if he will be deported or if he will be able to compete in the Australian Open. The national government considers, according to what they have transferred in the last hearing, that their popularity and anti-vaccine postulates can extend the non-compliance with the measures against the Covid in the country.
The Serb, despite being held, is in contact with his lawyers to prepare the trial where his future in Australia is finally decided. The verdict is expected this Sunday Australian time (Saturday night in Spain). This detention, in fact, was one of the options on the table in the last few hours after the government rejected the validity of his visa. The tennis player will not be able to be deported until the case has concluded, foreseeably on Sunday.
The next few hours are crucial both for Djokovic and for the Australian government, which in its last appearance in court has defended its reasons for want to deport Djokovic. According to Australian media, the government sees the Serb as a danger for defending anti-vaccine positions. An attitude that considering its popularity, it may mean spreading non-compliance with the virus regulations throughout Australia.
“Given Mr. Djokovic’s high-profile status and his position as a role model in the sporting community and in general, his continued presence in Australia may encourage a similar disregard for the rules“, highlighted the Immigration Minister, Hawke, in the letter revealed by The Age. Djokovic, especially in recent days, has emerged as the world image of the rejection of the Covid-19 vaccine.
In this document, the Australian government acknowledges that they fear that Djokovic’s stay in Australia suggests that anti-Covid rules can be broken without consequence. The government sees in Djokovic a “apparent contempt” to the measures taken by the Australian executive and describes it as “high-profile unvaccinated individual“However, it is recognized that there was no breach of the migratory measures and that the exemption was valid.
The final decision
Novak Djokovic, therefore, will have to wait for the next few hours to find out if he can compete in the Australian Open or if he is permanently deported. The Serbian, it should be remembered, received the approval of the Judge Kelly in the first view of the week. However, after that judicial setback, the Australian government has brought to light possible lies by the Serb in the document requesting the medical exemption.
The tennis player, as has been verified, tested positive on December 16 and later continued to participate in public events without security measures or a mask. In case that contagion was true, the number one in the world did not isolate himself and continued to lead a normal life.
The matter has crossed the sports barrier and has reached the political level. In the last hours, the president of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, has forcefully defended Novak Djokovic, has criticized that Australia does not respect the judicial decision and has pointed out to Morrison, Australian Prime Minister, of organizing a campaign of “harassment” against Novak Djokovic with the aim of maintaining the support of citizens and votes in future elections.
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