Why is Djokovic allowed to play in the Australian Open?

Tennis star Novak Djokovic has won his legal battle over deportation from Australia in a federal court in Melbourne.

That judgment came after days of public gestures from both Djokovic’s camp and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

The world number one was initially refused entry into the country, held in a detention hotel and his visa was canceled.

Djokovic was given a medical exemption to play at the Australian Open just days before the flight while he was not vaccinated against Covid-19, but the ruling sparked local outrage.

Victoria, the state where the major takes place, was previously the longest lockdown in the world with 262 days since March 2020.

The Serbian superstar won the Open last year but was criticized by both the public and fellow players for his anti-vaccine comments.

“Personally, I am against vaccinations and I don’t want to be forced to vaccinate by someone in order to travel,” admitted Djokovic.

“I know some people who have managed, through energetic transformation, through the power of prayer, through the power of gratitude, to transform the most poisonous food or perhaps the most polluted water into the most healing water.”

“Scientists have shown in (an) experiment that molecules in water react to our emotions when we say something.”

There is no evidence that this is true.

Why is Djokovic allowed to play at the Australian Open?

Judge Anthony Kelly asked what else the player’s camp could have done to prove his medical exception.

It was provided by a qualified doctor and verified by an independent Victoria State body.

Kelly also ordered the government to pay Djokovic’s legal fees and release the player from the detention hotel.

The player’s release meant he met the deadline to enter the Australian Open, a competition he has won nine times.

Djokovic’s medical exemption was confirmed by two panels of experts who assessed the validity of the application, with the application being finalized by the government-appointed Independent Medical Exemption Review Commission.

However, doubts remain about the credibility of the exemption, as private information about Djokovic’s reason for issuing the passport remains private under state law.


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