Australia poised to decide on Djokovic deportation

Australia poised to decide on Djokovic deportation

13/1/2022 8:13:00 AM

Australia poised to decide on Djokovic deportation

MELBOURNE: Australia was poised on Thursday (Jan 13) to decide if it will deport Novak Djokovic following a sensational legal battle over the tennis superstar's arrival in the count

"How is it that Novak Djokovic was able to come here?"Spectators must be vaccinated or have a medical exemption.Djokovic flew into Australia on Jan 5 claiming a vaccine exemption because of a positive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result on Dec 16.

Djokovic described reports about his post-infection outings in Serbia as"misinformation" in an Instagram post on Wednesday.But he admitted that he also went ahead with an interview with French sports daily L'Equipe on Dec 18."ERROR OF JUDGMENT"

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Djokovic travelled across Europe before Australia trip, at odds with declarationBELGRADE — Novak Djokovic was in Serbia in the two weeks before flying to the Australian Open from Spain, according to three Belgrade residents, whose accounts to Reuters backed social media posts that contradict information contained in his immigration declaration on arrival in Melbourne.

Djokovic travelled across Europe before Australia trip, at odds with declarationBELGRADE : Novak Djokovic was in Serbia in the two weeks before flying to the Australian Open from Spain, according to three Belgrade residents, whose accounts to Reuters backed social media posts that contradict information contained in his immigration declaration on arrival in Melbourne.The accounts fro

Djokovic's Australian visa row fuels vaccination debate in Serbia INSUFFICIENT REASON "Australia has a policy of not allowing unvaccinated people into Australia. It is beyond my comprehension how we have got to this point," Labor Party opposition leader Anthony Albanese said in an interview on Thursday. "How is it that Novak Djokovic was able to come here?" As COVID-19-related hospitalisations rise in Melbourne, the Victorian state government said Thursday it would . Spectators must be vaccinated or have a medical exemption. Face masks will also be mandatory at the opening Grand Slam of the year except when eating or drinking, and those watching must socially distance while indoors. The tournament starts on Monday. Djokovic flew into Australia on Jan 5 claiming a vaccine exemption because of a positive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result on Dec 16. Border agents rejected his exemption, saying that a recent infection was an insufficient reason, tore up his visa and placed him in a detention centre. But the vaccine sceptic Djokovic's high-powered legal team overturned the visa decision in court on Monday on a procedural matter related to his airport interview. Djokovic described reports about his post-infection outings in Serbia as"misinformation" in an Instagram post on Wednesday. On the day of his claimed positive test in Serbia, he appeared at a ceremony to honour him with stamps bearing his image. The following day, he attended a youth tennis event. He appeared at both apparently without a mask. Djokovic said that he only received the PCR test result after attending the children's tennis event on Dec 17. But he admitted that he also went ahead with an interview with French sports daily L'Equipe on Dec 18. Related: Australian Open crowds capped at 50% capacity due to COVID-19 "ERROR OF JUDGMENT" "On reflection, this was an error of judgment and I accept that I should have rescheduled this commitment," Djokovic said. The journalist who carried out the L'Equipe interview, Franck Ramella, said that Djokovic's representatives had told him not to ask about COVID-19 vaccinations. The reporter said he had been unaware at the time of the interview that Djokovic was COVID-19-positive. The tennis ace also admitted to a mistake on his Australian travel declaration, in which a box was ticked indicating that he had not, or would not, travel in the 14 days before flying to Melbourne. In fact, social media posts and reports show that he flew from Serbia to Spain during that period. Djokovic blamed his support team for this."My agent sincerely apologises for the administrative mistake in ticking the incorrect box about my previous travel before coming to Australia," he said. Leading immigration lawyer Christopher Levingston said that the immigration minister could cancel Djokovic's visa because the travel declaration was incorrectly completed. But the minister may also act if he believes that Djokovic may flout Australian public health orders, based on his failure to self-isolate in Serbia, he said. Various options to appeal would be open for both Djokovic and the government, but at the end of the day, the immigration minister can exercise his personal power to cancel the visa, the lawyer said. Source: AFP/kg