The Australian government does not give its arm to twist. Again he canceled the visa of Novak Djokovic. With this decision, the tennis player would have to leave the country. Beyond that if you play the Australian Open, Nole’s case has a lot of story to tell.
. There are more things that happened weeks ago that also have to be told. For example, the date when Tennis Australia put on the table the possibility of presenting medical exemptions parallel to vaccination.
-November 10: “We need unvaccinated players, their presence will be key”, proposed the director of Tennis Australia, Craig Tiley. This suggestion made its way to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization and they quickly received a response: medical exemptions belong to the Australian government.
-November 18th: Lisa Schofield, Undersecretary of the Australian Department of Health, made it clear that people who were infected are not considered as immunized. That was not enough to enter the country.
-November 29th: Mandatory full guideline. Through the Minister of Health, Greg Hunt ,.
December -2: Victoria’s health director, Brett Sutton, provides a tip to Tennis Australia that opened up the possibility of entry for the unvaccinated. “Anyone with a history of infection in the last 6 months, could be exempt from being vaccinated”.
-December 7th: The organization of Australian Open informed participating players that a positive test with a maximum date of six months is valid as a medical exemption.
-December 16: It is said that the tennis player was infected when he went to see a basketball game and took a photo with a player who hours later was also confirmed to have the virus.
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-December 30: This is where the whole problem begins. From the organization of the. His presence in the tournament was confirmed.
January 4: Novak Djokovic was happy with his participation in the Australian Open. The tennis player published a photo of his medical exemption on his social networks. In the post, Nole was already at the airport, minutes away from flying to Melbourne.
-January 5: Novak Djokovic landed in Melbourne and the problems began. The Australian customs service jumped into action. Upon arriving at the airport, the tennis player was detained and his visa was canceled.
-January 6th: The attorneys of Novak Djokovic they started their own battle. They managed to get Nole to leave the airport and was transferred to a hotel where he was placed in isolation. The Australian Prime Minister assured that “No one is above the rules”.
-January the 8th: Nole’s lawyers requested that the tennis player be able to train. For this, they showed a medical record that confirmed the positive in coronavirus of Novak Djokovic. It was the first step for his defense.
-January 10: Anthony Kelly, magistrate of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, granted Novak Djokovic a judicial guarantee to be able to play the Australian Open. In addition, his release is ordered. Despite this, the Australian government did not give its arm to twist.
-12th of January: The Australian immigration minister, Alex Hawke, assured that he had not made a decision regarding the situation of Novak Djokovic. The times were lengthened because Nole’s defense presented several documents to avoid the cancellation of the visa.
-12th of January: Novak Djokovic He acknowledged having made mistakes when filling out the documentation to enter Australia. In addition, he admitted to violating quarantine rules by meeting with a journalist despite testing positive for coronavirus in December.
-January 13th: More photos began to appear where he is seen Novak Djokovic no mask just on the dates I was with COVID-19. Criticism began to rain down on ATP number 1.
-January 14: .