Whatever the court’s decision, an appeal by either party could still extend the tennis player’s stay at the holding facility, the former Park Hotel, a five-story facility that houses some 32 migrants.
The ‘number one’ of world tennis, Novak Djokovic, will defend on Monday his right to be accepted into Australian territory and play the Australian Open: for this you will have to convince the local justice that the covid happened in December and that this frees you from mandatory vaccination.
Since his arrival in Melbourne in the middle of the week and the cancellation of his entry visa, Djokovic has been held in a migration center in the Australian city.
The federal court hearing must begin on Monday at 10:00 a.m. local time (00:00 a.m. on Monday, Spanish peninsular time). Whatever the court’s decision, a resource of either party could even extend the tennis player’s stay in the retention center, the former Park Hotel, a five-story facility that houses some 32 migrants trapped in Australia’s harsh immigration system, some for years. No one can enter or exit except staff.
A handful of protesters gathered Sunday morning on the street in front of the site, where hundreds of Djokovic supporters, anti-vaccine activists and migrant advocates marched a day earlier.
Time runs against the Serbian: with him beginning Australian Open January 17, any delay could complicate the tennis player’s aspiration 34 years of earning his 10th crown in Melbourne and his 21 Grand Slam tournament, which would make him the tennis player with the ‘greatest’ in history, beating his great rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Judge Anthony Kelly indicated that the hearing would be held on Monday and rejected the government’s request to postpone it to Wednesday.
“He wants freedom,” Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said this weekend. Furthermore, he stated that Serbia backs the player and that he had had “constructive talks” with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne. “We managed to get him to get gluten-free food, exercise equipment, a computer,” he told the Serbian television network Pink.
This Sunday, Djokovic also received the support of the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church: “I will speak of the one who is detained and who wants his freedom, who wants his freedom,” he declared in a speech in the capital of the Bosnian Serbs, Banja. Luka.
Divergence of dates
Djokovic’s lawyers presented a 35-page document on Saturday in which they argued that the visa was wrongly canceled and that it must be restored in order for him to compete. They noted that the test PCR of Djokovic who tested positive on December 16, 2021 You meet the criteria for exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Australian standards.
Despite this alleged contagion, Djokovic attended two public events in Belgrade, without a mask, the same day and the next day: a ceremony in honor of young Serbian tennis players on December 17 and a ceremony to present a stamp in their honor the day before.
Tennis Australia (the Australian Federation, organizer of the Australian Open), granted him an exemption from participating in the tournament after his application was approved by two independent medical committees, his lawyers said.
However, the Australian government insists that proof of a recent covid-19 infection only allows exemption to residents, not to foreigners who want to enter the country.
Djokovic “is not vaccinated”, the lawyers who defend the interests of Australia insisted this Sunday in a writing of conclusions. “This visa application must be rejected,” they added.
Australia still restricts the entry of foreigners, and those who receive authorization must have a full vaccination or have a medical exemption.
Another tennis player who was going to participate in the Australian Open, the Czech Renata Voracova, had her visa canceled although she was initially allowed to enter Australian territory and has already left the country.
The Australian federation and its president Craig Tiley were accused of having misled tennis players in relation to their vaccination obligations to enter the country. However, in an internal video released on Saturday, Tiley assured that the entity had done “everything it could.”
Australia tightened restrictions to combat a wave of infections linked to the variante omicron. Only in the state of Victoria, where Melbourne is located, 44,155 new cases were registered on Sunday.
Reference from elmundo