According to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, Karen Andrews, Australian Minister for Home Affairs, is not in favor of Novak Djokovic’s participation in the Australian Open 2022.
In fact she said: “While the Victorian government and Tennis Australia can allow an unvaccinated player to compete in the Australian Open, it is the Commonwealth government that will enforce our requirements at the Australian border.
Unvaccinated arriving persons must provide acceptable proof of their medical grounds for exemption in order to enter Australia, otherwise they will be rejected or they will be forced to serve a 14-day quarantine. No individual participating in the Australian Open will receive special treatment.”
Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia, added: “Anyone trying to enter Australia must comply with our border requirements. Now Novak Djokovic, when he arrives in Australia, must provide acceptable proof that he cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. . We await his presentation and what evidence he provides us. If this evidence is insufficient, he will be treated no differently than anyone else and will be on the next plane to go home.”
Tennis Australia and the Government of the State of Victoria justified the process applied to evaluate the requests for medical exemption made by players and staff, whose names were unknown at the time of the examination:
“We had great faith in the whole protocol, we spent a lot of time making sure it was fair and rigorous with experts from all fields. The medical panel did not know who it was evaluating when the cases were presented, hiding the country of origin and date of birth when it was possible,” explained medical director Carolyn Broderick.
The CEO of the Australian Open spoke again and stated clearly and frankly, responding in a way to the allegations: “There was no favorable treatment for Novak Djokovic, some exemptions were rejected and we were very strict when it was about letting an unvaccinated person into the country.
We are aware that people may feel angry with Nole’s position on Covid vaccination, but it is her responsibility to explain everything and give the reasons why he received the exemption,” he added and she concluded.