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Novak Djokovic examined constructive for COVID-19 final month, courtroom paperwork present – Nationwide

Novak Djokovic examined constructive for COVID-19 final month, courtroom paperwork present – Nationwide

Novak Djokovic‘s attorneys filed courtroom papers Saturday in his problem towards deportation from Australia that present the tennis star examined constructive for COVID-19 final month and recovered, grounds he utilized in making use of for a medical exemption to the nation’s strict vaccination guidelines.

The No. 1-ranked Djokovic was denied entry on the Melbourne airport late Wednesday after border officers canceled his visa for failing to fulfill its entry requirement that each one non-citizens be absolutely vaccinated for COVID-19.

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Djokovic was given a medical exemption backed by the Victoria state authorities and Australian Open organizers on Jan. 1, based mostly on data he equipped to 2 impartial medical panels, and he was permitted for a visa electronically.

But it surely has since emerged that the Victoria state medical exemption, allowed for individuals who examined constructive for the coronavirus throughout the final six months, was deemed invalid by the federal border authorities.

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Djokovic has been confined to an immigration detention lodge in Melbourne, the place he’s been getting ready for the authorized problem towards his visa cancellation within the Federal Circuit Courtroom on Monday.

The Australian Open begins every week from Monday on Jan. 17. Djokovic is the defending champion and has gained the Australian Open males’s singles title 9 occasions. He has 20 Grand Slam singles title, a males’s report he shares with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

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The Australian Broadcasting Corp. and the Australian Related Press reported particulars of the paperwork late Saturday, two days earlier than the courtroom listening to.

It confirmed Djokovic acquired a letter from Tennis Australia’s chief medical officer on Dec. 30 final yr “recording that he had been supplied with a `medical exemption from COVID vaccination’ on the grounds that he had just lately recovered from COVID.”

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The exemption certification mentioned the date of the 34-year-old Serb’s first constructive check was Dec. 16, 2021, “and that he had not had a fever or respiratory signs prior to now 72 hours.”

On Dec. 14, Djokovic attended a Euroleague basketball sport between Crimson Star and Barcelona in a packed sports activities corridor in Belgrade. He was photographed hugging a number of gamers of each groups, together with some who quickly later examined constructive.

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The courtroom submission Saturday mentioned Djokovic acquired affirmation from Australia’s Division of Dwelling Affairs saying that his journey declaration had been assessed and that his responses indicated he met the necessities for quarantine-free arrival in Australia.

If he fails to have his visa cancellation overturned and will get deported, Djokovic may very well be barred from the nation for as much as three years.

In an emailed response to The Related Press about what might transpire if Djokovic loses his authorized combat, the Australian Border Pressure mentioned: “An individual whose visa has been canceled could also be topic to a three-year exclusion interval that stops the grant of an extra non permanent visa.”

“The exclusion interval will probably be thought-about as a part of any new visa utility and could be waived in sure circumstances, noting every case is assessed by itself deserves.”

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Protestors collect outdoors an immigration detention lodge the place Serbia’s Novak Djokovic is believed to remain, in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022.

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Australian Open organizers haven’t commented publicly since Wednesday, besides to inform Australian newspapers that no gamers have been misled over the vaccination necessities.

Event director Craig Tiley has continued working within the background with Djokovic.

Tiley’s video message to Australian Open employees concerning the match’s “tough time within the public area” was revealed in Information Corp. newspapers Saturday.

“There’s been a circumstance that pertains to a few gamers, Novak notably . . . in a scenario that may be very tough,” Tiley mentioned within the video. “We’re a player-first occasion. We’re working intently with Novak and his workforce, and others and their workforce, which can be on this scenario.”

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The 34-year-old Djokovic was one in all two gamers put into detention in a lodge in Melbourne that additionally homes refugees and asylum seekers. A 3rd individual, reported to be an official, left the nation voluntarily after border power investigations.

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The opposite participant was 38-year-old doubles participant Renata Voracova, who had already been in Australia for every week earlier than an investigation by the border officers. She instructed media from the Czech Republic she’d been confined to a room and there was a guard within the hall.

Djokovic reached out to the world for the primary time in three days on Friday evening, posting on social media to mark the Orthodox Christmas and thank his supporters. There’s been large-scale rallies in Belgrade and small teams of supporters have gathered every day outdoors his detention lodge.

“Thanks to the folks around the globe in your steady help,” Djokovic posted on Instagram. “I can really feel it and it’s drastically appreciated.”

After months of hypothesis he’d miss the match due to his stance on vaccination, Djokovic introduced on Tuesday through social media that he’d acquired a medical exemption to play within the match.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison mentioned which will have raised the eye of border officers.

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Tiley mentioned in his video to Australian Open employees that he couldn’t converse publicly due to the continuing authorized matter, however defended his group.

“There’s quite a lot of finger pointing occurring and quite a lot of blaming occurring,” he mentioned within the video, “however I can guarantee you our workforce has completed an unbelievable job and have completed all the things they probably might based on all of the directions that they’ve been offered.”

So, who’s at fault? Prime Minister Morrison mentioned “guidelines are guidelines” and that incoming passengers had been accountable for assembly border rules.

Tennis Australia and the federal government of Victoria state, the place the Australian Open is performed, are blaming confusion over the exact definitions relating to grounds for medical exemptions.

Tennis Australia, which runs the match and organizes the logistics for greater than 2,000 incoming gamers, employees and officers, reportedly gave incorrect interpretations to gamers concerning the acceptable grounds for an exemption. That included the interpretation that having had a coronavirus an infection throughout the earlier six months would qualify.

The federal authorities disagreed.

The Victoria state authorities mandated that each one gamers, employees, followers and officers should be absolutely vaccinated for COVID-19 to enter the match.

The state, which permitted the medical exemptions for Djokovic, mentioned these exemptions for had been for entry to Melbourne Park, not the border.

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Related Press Author Dusan Stojanovic in Belgrade, Serbia contributed to this report.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

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