After more than eight hours of retention at the airport, the controversy generated by the arrival of Novak Djokovic Australia is coming to an end. The tennis player had obtained a medical exemption to participate in the Australian Open despite not being vaccinated against COVID-19. Prior to his arrival, Prime Minister Scott Morrison demanded conclusive evidence from the world’s number 1 racket to allow it to enter the oceanic country.
“If that evidence is insufficient, then you will not be treated differently from anyone else and you will be on the next plane home. There should be no special rules for Novak Djokovic at all, ”said Morrison, aware of the difficult situation his nation is going through due to the boom in cases of the omicron variant.
Now, Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt confirmed in an interview that the arguments presented by ‘Nole’ were not enough to allow him to enter the country. “Novak Djokovic did not provide the appropriate evidence to meet the necessary requirements for entry to Australia. Frankly, we have been very strong, clear and absolute, there is a rule for everyone ”, said the official.
Likewise, an official statement published by the Australian Border Force reported that “citizens who do not have a valid visa upon entry or who have canceled their visa will be detained and expelled from the country,” which is why Djokovic must leave the nation. .
The problem arose when the State of Victoria, where the city of Melbourne is located, decided to deny the Serbian tennis player’s visa sponsorship request, hours before his arrival at the airport. After what happened, the athlete’s lawyers have announced that they will appeal the decision.
Srdjan Djokovic, father of the world’s number 1 racket, denounced Serbian Sputnik for holding his son for an average of eight hours at Melbourne airport. “If they don’t release him, we will fight for his freedom on the street. This is a fight for freedom in the world, it is not just a Novak fight. It is a fight of all ”, said the father.