Rules are rules, the PM said the other day. So if the rules are being applied to Novak Djokovic — who clearly Scott Morrison, the PM, has a beef wit, they have to be applied to others.
According to reports, one official and another WTA player named Renata Voracova also arrived into under the same exemption as Djokovic.
The unnamed official has already flown back while the 81st-ranked doubles player Voravoca from the Czech Republic has also been put in the Djokovic hotel.
From the stories I’ve read, it sounds like the tournament and the state of Victoria told players that they can get into the country if you can show you have had the virus in the las six months, but the government, who controls the borders, never agreed to that.
The official and Voracova both slid past because their were not named Djokovic. However, once Novak took flight and the Australian outcry began, it seems the government took a deeper dive into his application and found their border policy wasn’t being fully enforced.
All that is well and good, but, if true, who at the tournament or the state first told these unvaxxed players and officials that it would be OK to travel provided they had contracted the virus in the last six months.
And just when did Djokovic get the virus for a second time?
Djokovic is still in the appeals process waiting a Monday 10am local time hearing (Sunday night in the U.S.). With one official already sent home, it’s not looking good at all for the Serb. He was told one thing which apparently turned out wrong, according to reports.
“Thank you to people around the world for your continuous support. I can feel it and it is greatly appreciated,” Djokovic posted on Instagram today, his first public comment since landing in Australia.
I’ve also read that if you do get deported from Australia you face a 3-year ban from the country. So this “mistake” in communication by the tournament/state/someone could keep Djokovic from ever playing the Australian Open again.
What a wild story and we are not close to being done.
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