“It can lead to an anti-vaccine sentiment”

This Saturday the Australian authorities arrested the Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, who captures the headlines of the world thanks to the refusal he showed when applying the vaccine for covid 19 and his visa was canceled for the second time.

To the world champion transferred to a hotel Melbourne serving as an immigration detention center pending court hearing on Sunday about his possible deportation.

“The Australian Border Force can confirm that Mr Djokovic was detained following the cancellation of his visa”An officer said in an email, specifying that the conditions of his detention respond to court orders issued on Friday night.


Photo: Novak Djokovic Instagram

The number one racket in the world thus returns to Hotel Park, where he was already detained between Wednesday of last week when his visa was canceled for the first time due to problems in complying with the requirements imposed by covid-19 and until this Monday when a judge decided to release him.

The case about the entry into the country of the tennis player, who plans to defend his Australian Open crown, coincides with a spike in infections in the southern country linked to the omicron variant.

Prior to his arrest, Djokovic met for several hours and until after noon in Melbourne with his lawyers to analyze the strategy in order to try to reverse the decision adopted the day before by the Immigration Minister, Alex Hawke, to annul for the second time the entry permit.

At the moment the conversations between the Balkan and his lawyers have not transpired in the face of the hearing that will be held, urgently, on Sunday at 9:30 local time (22:30 GMT, Saturday) before the plenary session of the Court Federal Melbourne and that will determine his future at the Australian Open.

In a 258-page document filed with the court, the Australian immigration minister charged that Djokovic’s presence constitutes a “risk” may “lead to increased anti-vaccine sentiment in the community” which could lead to riots, like those previously reported in Melbourne.

Photo: Novak Djokovic Instagram

Photo: Novak Djokovic Instagram

“I have considered the fact that Djokovic is a high-profile unvaccinated person who has publicly indicated that he is opposed to being vaccinated against covid-19.” Hawke writes in the document made public this Saturday.

“Mr Djokovic’s continued presence in Australia may lead to increased anti-vaccine sentiment generated in the Australian community, which could lead to increased civil unrest of the type previously experienced in Australia with rallies and protests.”

Despite this, Hawke admitted that the presence of Djokovic, who according to medical documents recovered from the disease in December, represents a “negligible” risk of spreading the virus.

The oceanic country has vaccinated 95% of the target population with the full schedule and is advancing in the booster dose, but thousands of anti-vaccines are reluctant to inoculate themselves with the drug.

Djokovic traveled the 5 from January to Melbourne from Spain with a medical exemption for not being vaccinated, having recently been infected with covid-19, although upon arrival the Immigration authorities canceled his visa and detained him until his release on Monday by a court order considering that he was not treated with “equity”.

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