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The ‘Djokovic case’ doesn’t look like it’s going to run out anytime soon. The failure to grant a visa by the Australian authorities to guarantee their entry into the country has aroused mixed reactions around the world.
The current tennis number 1 has not been vaccinated and has shown its firm intention not to do so, something that conflicts with the protocol set by the ocean authorities to allow entry into the country and participation in the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam.
For some guilty and for others innocent, the debate is immense. The tennis player’s family has explained that Djokovic has not violated any law and that the situation is “the biggest diplomatic sports scandal in history.” His father, Srdjan Djokovic, has gone further and speaks of his son as “the Spartacus of the new world, an idol, the light at the bottom of a tunnel that will not extinguish the” western political oligarchy that “believes that the world is his ”.
Djokovic senior even compared the tennis player to “Jesus Christ, who was crucified,” and said that some are now trying to “crucify, humiliate and bring his son to his knees.” “It is a political struggle that has nothing to do with sport,” the father insisted at a press conference in Belgrade, calling Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison a “shameless” attacking the “pride” of the free world.
Djokovic, awaiting the final decision
The athlete’s brother, Djordje Djokovic, said Novak does not want to return until the decision, predictably Monday, of an Australian court on his visa, which the Australian authorities revoked last night. Now, the tennis player has to wait.
“He does not want because he wants justice and is treated as a criminal and not as an athlete who has not committed any legal infraction,” said Djordje Djokovic, who insisted that his brother has been deprived of all his belongings while awaiting the decision.
He indicates that his eventual return without the ruling would mean a three-year ban on entering Australia, something that the tennis player does not want. He explained that Djokovic, whom he considered “the best athlete of all time”, together with the organizers of the Australian Open and the tennis federation of that country, fulfilled all the necessary protocols for his participation in the tournament, from 17 to 30 from January.
He assured that the other tennis players who, like Djokovic, received medical exemption from vaccination to participate, entered Australia with the same documents and that only the number one in the world was denied entry.
“He can’t even change his clothes,” his family denounces
According to his testimony, Djokovic has been deprived of his suitcases, purses and all his belongings except his mobile phone, which he could not access for several hours during “the detention at the airport” yesterday when he could not communicate with his family. The brother assures that the player “cannot even change his clothes” in that hotel for asylum seekers in Melbourne where the Australian authorities installed him, which he described as “dirty”, and said that the belongings will be returned to him only upon his return to Europe.
“Novak is a strong and emotional personality, and he fights not only for himself but for everyone in this world who defends his ethical and moral convictions,” said the family spokesman in reference to the athlete’s opposition to the covid vaccine.
Shortly after the family’s press conference, dozens of people rallied in the center of Belgrade, in front of the Serbian Parliament building, in support of Djokovic.
“Thank you that you show love to Nole,” Srdjan Djokovic told the protesters, using the nickname by which the tennis player is known in Serbia. The concentrates, including people of all ages, shouted “Nole, Nole”, “Nole, we love you” and “Nole, Serbian, Serbia is with you”
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