A matter of state: Serbia demands Australia’s immediate release of Djokovic

Djokovic playing a Davis Cup match against Croatia.

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The government of Serbia through its foreign minister Nikola Selakovic demanded this Wednesday the immediate release of tennis player Novak Djokovic held at the Melbourne airport, Australia, due to visa problems and conflicts in your medical exemption from vaccination.

Selakovic formally asked the island’s ambassador for entry permission for Djokovic and that cease your detention at the airport, where he is with two policemen and without cellular equipment.

In addition to that, the politician demanded that they respect the passport of the number one tennis player in the world according to the ATP ranking and that they allow their entry to Australia.

Djokovic and his team landed at 11:00 PM local time on January 5 and Upon entering he was approached by the authorities and upon verifying his documents they realized that they were not in order with Australian laws.

As explained by the Australian border authorities, the problem with the tennis player was that the visa with which you tried to enter the country does not allow medical exemptions for not being vaccinated.

On the other hand, Djokovic’s father, Srdjan Djokovic, explained to the Serbian media that Djokovic’s fight is everyone’s fight and that “if they don’t let him go in half an hour we will go out into the streets.”. The statements were later broadcast by the Australian channel Sunrise.

The issue of Djokovic’s immunization exemption transcended borders. After the racket asked to be allowed to participate claiming that the vaccine should not be mandatory to participate in tournaments and refusing to reveal his vaccination status, many other athletes complained that when they requested the same exception they were not granted the status.

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