Novak Djokovic admits mistake in attending event while positive for virus

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic released a statement, claiming he was unaware he was COVID-19 positive while attenting an event in Belgrade on December 17.

The court documents showed Djokovic used his positive COVID-19 test from December 19 to seek a medical exemption for the Australian Open. 

The problem for Djokovic occured after the public realized he attended events on December 17 and 18. 

“I want to address the continuing misinformation about my activities and attendance at events in December in the lead up to my positive PCR COVID test result,” Djokovic said in a statement. 

“This is misinformation which needs to be corrected, particularly in the interest of alleviating broader concern in the community about my presence in Australia, and to address matters which are very hurtful and concerning to my family.”

Djokovic admits attending an event positive 

Djokovic claimed he took a rapid antigen test just before going to the event on December 17.

The test was negative but Djokovic said he decided to take a PCR test, that returned as positive. 

Djokovic admitted he attended a L’Equipe photoshoot while he was aware that he was positive. 

“I want to emphasise that I have tried very hard to ensure the safety of everyone and my compliance with testing obligations. 
I attended a basketball game in Belgrade on 14 December after which it was reported that a number of people tested positive with COVID 19. Despite having no COVID symptoms, I took a rapid antigen test on 16 December which was negative, and out of an abundance of caution, also took an official and approved PCR test on that same day,” Djokovic added. 

“The next day I attended a tennis event in Belgrade to present awards to children and took a rapid antigen test before going to the event, and it was negative. I was asymptomatic and felt good, and I had not received the notification of a positive PCR test result until after that event.

“I felt obliged to go ahead and conduct the L’Equipe interview as I didn’t want to let the journalist down, but did ensure I socially distanced and wore a mask except when my photograph was being taken.

“While I went home after the interview to isolate for the required period, on reflection, this was an error of judgement and I accept that I should have rescheduled this commitment.
 

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