Djokovic’s COVID-19 test was valid

Serbian prosecutors on Wednesday rejected the proposal that Novak Djokovic entered Australia using the COVID-19 false positive test and attempted to compete in the Australian Open.

The prosecution said in a statement that it had received a criminal proceeding against an unnamed individual who allegedly forged two PCR certificates. This certificate was later used by Djokovic to apply for a medical exemption from vaccination upon entry into Australia.

“The prosecution acted according to the rules, was checked, Novak Djokovic was tested several times, and the certificates of test results on December 16, 2021 and December 22, 2021 were found to be valid. “The statement said.

Foreign media, including Der Spiegel and the BBC, have reported inconsistencies in the serial numbers of tests conducted by Serbian authorities on top-ranked Djokovic prior to their trip to Australia, raising the possibility of irregular issuance. Suggests.

Djokovic’s media team and Serbian health officials did not respond to requests for comment from the Associated Press. Serbian senior health officials have previously stated that Djokovic’s tests are valid.

Djokovic was deported from Australia and was banned from playing at the Australian Open in January because he failed to meet Australia’s strict COVID-19 vaccination requirements after an 11-day visa saga on the eve of the tournament. I did.

To enter Australia, Djokovic submitted a positive COVID-19 test issued in Serbia on December 16 and applied for a visa tax exemption because he had recently recovered from the virus.

The 34-year-old was not vaccinated and the Australian government later decided to cancel his visa and deport Djokovic.

Djokovic’s rival Rafael Nadal won the Australian Open’s record 21st Men’s Grand Slam title. Both Djokovic and Roger Federer have 20 major titles.

Djokovic is loved in his native Serbia. Since his return, Djokovic has been seen visiting churches and attending liturgy in both Serbia and neighboring Montenegro.

On Thursday, Djokovic visited Serbian President Alexander Vucci, who has been blaming Australian authorities for deporting tennis stars.

Novak Djokovic
Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic (L) is shaking hands with Serbian President Alexander Vucci on February 3, 2022 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Zorana Jevtic / Reuters)

Vucci praised Djokovic’s “great battle” to play at the Australian Open.

“Thank you for the wonderful fight you fought in Australia,” Alexander Vucci told Djokovic during a meeting in Belgrade.

Vucci said he spoke to Djokovic immediately after hearing about Australia’s problems and told him to go home.

“And I … saw him ready to fight not only for himself, but for his country,” Vucci said.

Djokovic, who previously refused to talk about what happened in Australia, told Vucci that he was grateful for his support and added that he would talk to the general public within 7 to 10 days.

“You stand behind me and are in a compromised political position in international affairs. I am … very grateful. I remember that,” Djokovic said.

Djokovic’s treatment, described by the Belgrade government as “scandalous,” has exacerbated relations between Serbia and Australia.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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