January 18, 2022 9:38 pm

Novak Djokovic arrived in Australia, but is delayed at Melbourne airport

All eyes were on the arrival of Novak Djokovic to Australia and the zeal of the authorities in his entry. Although it was clear that he would be invited to explain and justify why he needed a “medical derogation” in order to participate in the first Grand Slam of the year, apparently he had some other drawbacks when he disembarked at Melbourne airport. According to some local media, the Serbian arrived this Wednesday and the Victorian Government denied him entry for an error in your visa.

According to the Australian newspaper The Age, Djokovic’s income problem was due to his travel statement filed on arrival. The scenario seems increasingly complex for the tennis player, because in the last hours, the Sports Minister of the state of Victoria, Jaala Pulford, was forceful about Djokovic’s chances of entering the country. “We will not assist Novak Djokovic in applying for an individual visa to compete in the Australian Open. We have been clear on two points: the approval of visas depends on the Federal Government and medical exemptions are a matter for doctors ”.

Novak Djokovic is under the watchful eye of the Australian authoritiesSeth Little – AP

According to Australian media reports, Djokovic was unable to go through passport control after a member of his team made a critical mistake in applying for a visa subclass that does not apply to those who have received medical exemptions. The bug was discovered by the Australian border force while Djokovic was already traveling on a 14-hour commercial flight from Dubai to Melbourne.

This whole situation was triggered after the Australian Open authorities awarded Djokovic a permit to participate in the tournament even without an accredited vaccination plan. It is in this context that several local officials spoke and the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, was decisive on this issue. “We await your submission and the evidence you provide to support your exemption. If those tests are insufficient, you will not be treated differently from others and you will be on the next plane home. There should be no special rules for Novak Djokovic at all. “

Djokovic’s announcement before leaving for Melbourne

The Australian media reported that the Australian Border Force contacted the state government after learning of the problem with the visa presented by Djokovic’s team. As a result, the Border Force sought the support of the Victorian government to facilitate their entry. The federal agency requested the Andrews government’s support because Victoria is partnering with Tennis Australia to carry out the event to which Djokovic’s visa belongs.

Federal authorities contacted Victoria department officials to ask them to formally endorse their request. Victoria officials asked federal authorities to put their request in writing and finally They rejected the application to sponsor Djokovic’s visa.

Novak Djokovic will have to explain why he asked for a medical derogation
Novak Djokovic will have to explain why he asked for a medical derogation

This refusal reflects the unease towards Djokovic among Victoria’s ministers and senior officials. It also highlights people’s sensitivity to the benefits they gave Djokovic to play in the Open despite their skepticism about vaccines and not revealing the reason for his exemption.

In The Age they believe that finally the Border Forces will receive the order to let him enter the country despite the Victorian government’s measure, that they will let him leave his plane and enter Melbourne, although this delay should be part of the explanation that he must provide. the Serbian tennis player before the authorities to continue on Australian soil.


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