Novak Djokovic ADMITS breaking isolation while Covid positive and calls it an ‘error of judgement’...
By SEAMLESS DAILY
12 January 2022
Tennis star Novak Djokovic has admitted there were mistakes on his immigration forms and to meeting a journalist despite testing positive for Covid, as Australia mulls deporting him.
Djokovic made the admissions in an Instagram post to clarify "ongoing misinformation" about his movements.
the men's visa to play in the australian open next week.
But the government has not ruled out further action- and the possibility remains that the country's immigration minister could cancel his visa for a second time just days before the tournament begins.
Alex Hawke could cancel the visa based on prior Covid infections not counting as an exemption.
Of most concern to Australian government officials is Djokovic's admitted breach of Serbia's isolation rules after learning he had tested positive and the false information he provided on his travel entry form which he later blamed on his agent.
In his Instagram post, Djokovic said he had gone ahead with the interview for French title L'Equipe because he had not wanted to "let the journalist down".
djokovic says he socially distanced and wore a mask except while photos were taken.
L'Equipe confirmed in an article that the tennis star had worn a mask the entire time, even when their reporter asked him to take it off for five minutes.
"Furthermore, it should be noted that journalists have to be fully vaccinated to travel to Melbourne for this year's Australian Open," he added.
Djokovic also admitted making a false declaration on his travel form prior to entering Australia and said his team has provided additional information to authorities.
djokovic falsely said he had not travelled in the 14 days before his arrival in australia.
But recent reports suggest the 34-year-old was in both Serbia and Spain prior to the trip.
"my agent sincerely apologises for the administrative mistake in ticking the incorrect box," he wrote.
this was a human error and certainly not deliberate."
"i attended a basketball game in belgrade on 14 december after which it was reported that a number of people tested positive.
Djokovic said on 17 December he attended a tennis event in Belgrade to present awards to children, after testing negative again on a rapid test.
Australia's Border Force, the nation's immigration officials, said on Tuesday they were investigating whether he had made a "false declaration"- which would be grounds for a visa cancellation.
And only a few minutes after we left the court everyone's phone lit up.
For Australians who 've had to deal with some of the world's strictest Covid19 rules, this is a world-famous athlete who has publicly said he's against getting vaccinated and has now revealed that he violated isolation rules while he was infected.
he's since been released from detention but it is still no guarantee he 'll be able to defend his title.
The two under-fire TV personalities embroiled in the Novak Djokovic 'hot mic' scandal ignored the issue when presenting the news in Melbourne on Wednesday night.
7News Melbourne co-hosts Rebecca Maddern and Mike Amor failed to address the incident which went viral after they heavily criticised the tennis world number one after a court ruled he would be allowed to stay in Australia on Monday.
Channel 7 has launched an investigation into the "illegal" leak.
Amor responded : 'He got a bullshit f*****g excuse and then fell over his own f*****g lies.
It's just what happens, right, that's what happened. '
'The illegal recording was of a private conversation between two colleagues,' he said.
Lingering mystery also surrounds when the 20-time Grand Slam winner actually learned he had Covid with a German publication sowing doubt on his PCR test after QR Code information was uncovered that 'did not match up '.
He had taken a PCR test the day before and was awaiting results, but said he tested negative to a rapid antigen test so went along.
The world No 1 released a statement on Wednesday in a bid to address what he called "continuing misinformation" about his activities in December before he came to Australia in a bid to retain his Australian Open crown.
Wednesday's statement claims he wasn ’ t notified of his positive result until 17 December despite Djokovic ’ s affidavit to the federal circuit court that he was both "tested and diagnosed" on 16 December.
Spiegel acknowledged the timestamp could also reflect when the result was downloaded by the tested person.
Spiegel put questions to both Djokovic and Serbian health authorities but by Tuesday evening had yet to receive a response.
Maddern says Djokovic is "lying" and "sneaky", while Amor says the athlete has "fallen over his own ... lies".
"Whatever way you look at it, it's unfortunate that everyone stuffed up around him," she adds, seemingly referring to Djokovic blaming his agent for an accidental error on his travel declaration form.
While there was shock at the sharp language, many social media users have thrown their support behind the newsreaders.
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