Visa, Tennis and Covid restrictions: 50 funny Novak Djokovic memes and jokes to highlight the current limbo with the emigration office during Australia Open 2022
Novak Djokovic is awaiting a decision on his expulsion from Australia until Monday. The stake in the Australian Open, which starts on January 17, is being questioned after the Australian government blocked its entry into the country.
Djokovic announced on Tuesday that he was leaving for Australia after receiving a waiver from the mandatory Covid vaccination imposed at the Australian Open. The derogations are granted by a group of independent experts, but the Australian government has intervened and blocked its entry into the country.
The case sparked an international debate for and against, with millions of comments on social media platforms, refueling anti-vaccine conspiracies and the dissatisfaction of those accused of stigmatizing non-vaccinated people. It even fueled Serbian nationalism - from the athlete's father to the Serbian president, Australia's decision was associated with an "attack" on the whole country.
Australia is talking about compliance and a court will decide whether or not the world number one ATP has tried to circumvent them.
In Belgrade, supporters of the Serbian-born athlete protested in front of parliament. President Aleksandar Vučić said that "all of Serbia is with him and the authorities will take all necessary measures to stop the ill-treatment of the best player in the world immediately."
All sports competitions have been affected by the last two years of the pandemic, and vaccination already seems the most natural gesture an athlete can make, especially if the type of sport they practice requires international travel, says WTA tournament director for Free Europe Transylvania Open, Patrick Ciorcilă.
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About 85% of the list of the top 100 players in the world are vaccinated, the organizers had to cancel at the last moment the participation of the public because the authorities forbade its presence. .
Not even the access of the vaccinated public was allowed, and the athletes accepted all the restrictions with "solidarity" towards the organizers, says Patrick Ciorcilă. The tournament was won by Anett Kontaveit, world number 7, who defeated Simona Halep in the final.
For athletes, vaccination has not been mandatory at the tournament in Cluj-Napoca since the end of October and is still not a condition to participate in WTA tournaments. However, access to a country depends on the national authorities: "Holders of certain types of visa may enter Australia, provided that the conditions for the full vaccination scheme are met".
It remains to be seen whether the medical records that would exempt Djokovic from the mandatory vaccination are sufficient for the Australian government, as they were for the tour organizers.
Novak Djokovic is a staunch anti-vaccinist. He considers that he should have been admitted to the Australian Open only on the basis of proof that he had passed through the disease. Caricature by Jup, the caricaturist of Free Europe.
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And after the eventual entry into the country where the event takes place, there are consequences for the unvaccinated: “And in our tournament there was a differentiation between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. Unvaccinated athletes performed PCR tests every 48 hours, while vaccinated athletes were tested on arrival without having to isolate themselves until the result was known. It is not about discrimination, but about the safety of all those who participate ", says Patrick Ciorcilă.
As the organizer of the tennis tournament, Patrick Ciorcilă says that Novak Djokovic's attitude put everyone in trouble. The reaction of the public is natural if it seems that someone has a privileged status, he adds.
"I would not like to be in the position of tournament director, an ungrateful and difficult one now, nor in the position of Djokovic. As Nadal said - the rules have long been known. In order to be fair to everyone and for everyone to be safe, everyone must follow the same measures. It is his right not to be vaccinated, but if so, maybe it would be better not to participate ".
Djokovic's situation is set to be decided on Monday. By Saturday, his lawyers will file new documents in the court examining the case.
All over the world, given the nature of sporting events, the issue of vaccinating participants and spectators at sports competitions has been raised.
In more and more states, access to a sporting event can only be made by those vaccinated, but in many other countries, decisions are made with difficulty (as in the case of the Green Certificate blocked in the Bucharest Parliament for months) and their observance is a challenge (as in the case of refusing to wear a mask in the same Parliament).
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It is not ruled out, say many critics, that the Australian government would have turned a blind eye to Djokovic's waiver from the Australian Open if the public had not reacted to what he perceived as an injustice in a country that has gone through many severe quarantine and where 85% of the population is vaccinated. However, the number of cases has increased recently, according to Reuters.
Public access for unvaccinated persons is not permitted at the Australian Open. Djokovic's derogation could be justified, there is no court decision yet, but his earlier anti-vaccine statements have harmed him in this context.
"Mr Djokivic's visa has been revoked. Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our borders. No one is above the rules. The strict policy of restricting access to the country has been vital to having one of the lowest death rates in the world caused by Covid, "said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Twitter.
"[Djokovic] knew the conditions for participation for a long time. It's his decision, "said Rafael Nadal, who is in Melbourne.
He added that he was sorry for the situation, but said that he understood the negative reaction of some Australians to the exemption granted to Djokovic in the conditions in which they went through difficult periods of strict quarantine.
"I believe what those who are good at medicine say, and if they say we should get vaccinated, then that's what we should do," Nadal added.
Novak Djokovic has not made a firm statement about his vaccination against Covid, but in the past he has spoken out against vaccination.
The organizers of the sports competitions tried during the pandemic, in addition to taking strict measures to protect athletes and spectators (most often imposed), to find solutions so that the events are not canceled or take place with at least a third of the spectators. .
Last year's Olympics in Japan were held amid tensions caused by the risk of the pandemic spreading, with part of the population demanding the cancellation of events, while the executive explained that he did not have the authority to intervene in agreements between the International Olympic Committee and the organizing cities.
The Olympics took place without spectators, but there were also cases of infections among athletes or technical and organizational teams.
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