Just when we had thought that the Novak Djokovic controversy couldn’t get muddier, in a shocking state of affairs Novak Djokovic while clarifying a couple of misconceptions admitted to the fact that he had in fact once broken isolation and had gone to give an interview to a sports journalist.
This particular saga started more than a week ago when Djokovic’s visa was suspended after his arrival in Australia due to certain inconsistencies in his COVID documents, however, he won a court case later which overturned his Visa Ban and permitted him to compete in the Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic: A case of complicated legacy
Novak Djokovic, who is considered as one the best players of tennis and idols of millions of people worldwide, not only has refused to take the COVID vaccination but in a recent post made on his Instagram Profile has admitted to the fact that even after he knew he was injected with COVID-19, he broke isolation and went to give an interview. Djokovic Stated that:
“I had not received the notification of a positive PCR test result until after that event,”
“The next day, on 18 December I was at my tennis centre in Belgrade to fulfil a long-standing commitment for a L’Equipe interview and photoshoot. I cancelled all other events except for the L’Equipe interview.
“I felt obliged to go ahead and conduct the L’Equipe interview as I didn’t want to let the journalist down, but did ensure I socially distanced and wore a mask except when my photograph was being taken.
“While I went home after the interview to isolate for the required period, on reflection, this was an error of judgement and I accept that I should have rescheduled this commitment.”
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Australian Open: The Way Forward
With less than a week for the magnum opus of a tournament, there seems to be no lack of controversies for the same. With these shocking revelations made by Novak Djokovic, his already dodgy position for the tournament remains much more in doubt.
There is a very good chance that the Australian Immigration Minister would take matters into his own hands and uses his powers to suspend the visa of Djokovic yet again in light of new circumstances. There was an apparent discrepancy in the travel documents, to clarify that Novak stated:
“On the issue of my travel declaration, this was submitted by my support team on my behalf – as I told immigration officials on my arrival – and my agent sincerely apologises for the administrative mistake in ticking the incorrect box about my previous travel before coming to Australia.”
“This was a human error and certainly not deliberate. We are living in challenging times in a global pandemic and sometimes these mistakes can occur.”
With every day passing there seems to be another controversy being added on to the already muddy situation on hand.