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Opposition leader on Djokovic handling: – Devilish for Australia’s reputation

It is still uncertain whether Novak Djokovic (34) will get the opportunity to play this year’s Australian Open. Opposition leader Anthony Albanese is reacting.

IN TRAINING: Novak Djokovic has had the opportunity to train in Melbourne ahead of this year’s Australian Open in recent days.

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Novak Djokovic emerged victorious from Monday’s hearing and was thus able to leave the quarantine hotel. But Immigration Minister Alex Hawke still has the option to deport the Serb.

Sydney Moring Herald writes on Wednesday that the Australian authorities have now expanded Djokovic’s investigation, and is looking at his quarantine breach in Serbia after he tested positive on December 16, the incorrect information he is said to have provided on the entry form and date problems with Djokovic’s positive test.

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese, leader of the Australian Labor Party, said the case should never have gone as far as it did.

CRITICAL: Opposition leader Anthony Albanese.

– A decision should have been made before he granted the visa. Whether he met the criteria or not, Albanese said on Thursday morning local time, according to Sydney Morning Herald.

– This has been devilish for Australia’s reputation, he says, and adds that it is extraordinary that a final decision has not yet been made.

– Australia has a policy of not allowing unvaccinated people to enter Australia. It is beyond my comprehension that we have come to this point, says Albanese.

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has also expressed his dissatisfaction with the treatment of Djokovic.

– I feel quite embarrassed, as an Australian athlete who has seen what this guy has done for us and the sport, Kyrgios said in an Instagram video on Tuesday according to among others ESPN.

Djokovic published an Instagram post on Wednesday, in which he admitted to having made a “misjudgment” when he did an interview with French L’Équipe on December 18, even though at the time he knew he had tested positive for covid-19.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Barnaby Joyce, is in a TV interview on Thursday morning, Australian time, aware that it is important for the Australian people that there are equal rules for everyone – regardless of whether you are King Solomon or Jørgen the hatter.

– I think that the rules one person must follow are the same rules that everyone must follow. He is “the child of God” like the rest of us, is not he? So then he has to follow the rules, says Joyce according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

PS! On Thursday at 05.00 Norwegian time, the draw for this year’s Australian Open will be ready.

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