Novak Djokovic text message missing from Covid-19 defence, visa cancellation

Despite all the accusations leveled at Novak Djokovic amid his visa train crash, what he didn’t do should irritate people.

The time it will take Novak Djokovic to answer the list of questions about the Covid disaster and the visa is longer than the days and hours Australians spend waiting for results of the PCR test to return.

The tennis star went on a way to tackle some mysteries with an Instagram post on Wednesday, in which he admitted to attending an interview and intentionally taking a photo after testing positive and revealing that his agent ticked the wrong box on an Australian travel declaration form when asked if he had traveled in within 14 days prior to departure for Melbourne.

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He flew from Serbia to Spain at the time, you see, but denied knowing he had tested positive on December 16 when he attended the December 17 Tennis Awards, where Djokovic mingled without a mask with the kids and posed for photos.

Why did the 34-year-old say in an affidavit that he was “diagnosed” as having Covid on the night of December 16th, yet in his Instagram post he said he had no idea he had the virus when he was out the next day? And what about the bombshell claiming that his positive result may have been “rigged” to qualify him for medical exemption at the Australian Open?

And if his justification for the exemption is that he contracted Covid in the past six months, what is his plan for his first Grand Slam of the year if he hasn’t contracted the infection just a few weeks ago?

These are just some of the questions people want answers to and amid this train wreck lies another question that goes to the heart of the stance taken by the world’s most famous anti-vaccination during the pandemic.

the the team Journalist Frank Ramila, who sat down with Djokovic on December 18, said he had no idea the 20-time major champion had tested positive at the time of the interview. Ramila wrote in an article for the French publication that he only found out that Djokovic tested positive “three weeks later” in early January – at the same time as the rest of the world when the fiasco at Djokovic’s airport made global headlines.

So in the three weeks between the time Djokovic watched Ramila and this entire episode becoming the hottest topic in international news, he had the opportunity to tell the reporter that he tested positive when they met and maybe he should get tested. But he didn’t.

Since the Omicron explosion in Australia, most of us have now sent that awkward text message or made a shy phone call to at least a friend or family member we spent time letting them know we had a hot cough. In this day and age, alerting people who may be in close contact is more than just a general courtesy, it’s a necessity.

Not so for Djokovic, it seems, which begs another question. All those kids he mingled with and took pictures alongside today after he tested positive – did he come back and tell any of them they tested positive during that event? Even if, he says, he didn’t know he tested positive at the time, did First Scientist reach out to regulators in the aftermath when he found out to make sure they were spreading the word?

We can’t know for sure until we get word from the horse’s mouth, but if he didn’t tell the journalist and the photographer, why would he tell anyone else?

Djokovic did not cancel the team Interview because he “did not want to let the journalist down”. If he had such great respect for the reporter, why would he deliberately not inform him that he might have contracted a deadly virus?

These children, their families and everyone else at the Novak Tennis Center in Belgrade on December 17 deserve to know if they have tested positive. Just as the partner you dined with last night deserves to know if they test positive.

Djokovic has been struggling to keep his vaccination status secret for months and it was only officially released when court documents were revealed that he had admitted not having been vaccinated during an interview with a Border Force official at Tullamarine Airport last week.

And while Djokovic has publicly revealed that he contracted Covid in 2020 – amid a disastrous Adria tour that has shown blatant disregard for any and all rules around preventing the spread of the virus – why are you staying calm now?

“If you attend the Adria Tour or are near any of the attendees, please get tested and practice social distancing,” he wrote in a statement nearly two years ago.

There was no public statement this time though.

Tennis journalist Ben Rottenberg also asked on Twitter this week: “One of the *many* questions that Djokovic must answer: Why didn’t he alert people that he tested positive for Covid in mid-December as he did when he first contracted Covid in June 2020 after a tour Adria?

“Alert close contacts is a major public health responsibility.”

In his social media post on Wednesday, Djokovic mentioned “misinformation” he wanted to clear up, but all he did was correctly confirm the revealed facts – facts that reflect poorly on him. There was no misinformation at all. In fact, the only misinformation was coming from the tennis star’s part.

Djokovic may remain in Australia for now, but with questions still being asked, the answers he offers are only digging the Grand Slam champion into a deeper hole.

Originally Posted as Embarrassing Text Message from Novak Djokovic Not Found Yet


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