Controversial tennis star Novak Djokovic has arrived in Melbourne due to obvious problems with his visa to enter the country and a flurry of doubts about his medical exemption from defending his Australian Open title.
Minutes before world No. 1 landed, Victoria’s acting sports minister, Jaala Pulford, said the federal government had asked the state government to support Djokovic’s visa application.
“We will not provide Novak Djokovic with individual visa application support to participate in the 2022 Australian Open Grand Slam,” she said on Twitter.
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“We have always been clear on two points: visa approval is a matter for the federal government, and medical exemptions are a matter for doctors.”
Aging reports that the Border Force contacted the Victorian government after realizing that Djokovic’s team had submitted the wrong type of visa.
Federal Home Secretary Karen Andrews stressed Wednesday afternoon that the federal government was responsible for enforcing border requirements.
“If an arriving person is not vaccinated, they must provide acceptable evidence that they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons in order to access the same travel arrangement as fully vaccinated travelers,” she said in a statement.
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Djokovic granted the Australian Open dispensation
About 24 hours after Djokovic announced he was on his way to Australia, Australian Open organizers have defended themselves against a furious local reaction, and the Prime Minister has warned that the star would be “on the next flight home” if his reasons did not stacked. up.
Djokovic has not revealed his vaccination status, but said in April last year that he was “opposed to vaccination”.
“I would not want to be forced by anyone to take a vaccine in order to travel,” he said in a live Facebook chat.
Tennis Australia said the exemption was granted following a “rigorous review process involving two separate independent panels of medical experts”.
Tennis Australia and the Victorian government tried to calm public anger and confusion, insisting that Djokovic had not received any special treatment.
Tennis Australia said the exemption had been granted following a “rigorous review process involving two separate independent panels of medical experts”.
Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said at a press conference this morning that Djokovic was one of 26 applicants who applied for a medical exemption and one of a handful granted.
“The process has been very clear and we fully understand and have empathy with first and foremost some people who are saddened by the fact that Novak has come in because of his previous statements about vaccination,” he said.
Sir. Tiley said that although Tennis Australia was unable to describe the reason Djokovic was granted the waiver, he would urge the tennis star to speak openly about it.