According to legal documents filed in Australia’s Federal Circuit Court, Novak Djokovic tested positive for COVID as recently as December 16.
The Serb used that positive test as a basis for entry into Australia. He was granted an medical exemption by two independent panels but he visa was revoked upon arrival, as we now know.
Djokovic is set to appeal his visa cancellation Monday morning in Melbourne.
But we know have confirmation that Djokovic indeed used recent COVID infection for his exemption. Although, there are a social media pics for Djokovic making appearances after that December 16 positive test.
December 16 was a busy day for Djokovic:
In addition to purportedly getting a PCR test for Covid that came back positive, Djokovic also was part of a maskless, indoor panel discussion and attended a maskless, indoor ceremony for a stamp being made in his honor on that day. pic.twitter.com/rI9j0rsPJr
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 8, 2022
Those pictures perhaps could have been taken earlier and just published after the day the tested positive, but why wouldn’t Djokovic just announce — as he did in 2020 and others have done in the last few weeks — that he was positive?
We’ll find out in about 30 hours what the ruling will be as Djokovic argues he met the requirements and had clearance to play the event. Based on information from the health minister, the tournament had told players who were unvaccinated they could qualify for an exemption provided they had the infection in the last six months. But the government told the tournament back in November that was not true.
In the meantime, Djokovic remains at his the quarantine hotel where he reportedly has been giving exercise equipment and has access to a phone and laptop, all with the help of the Serbian PM.
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