Thursday, August 11, 2022

Tennis star told – Djokovic and Australia: too many losing plays

Novak Djokovic will not be at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Monday evening, Australian time, to defend his sensational ninth title. This drama should not have happened. This is a play in which – unlike tennis – there is no winner.

A bureaucratic nightmare – la Australia

The Serbian top player had gambled high. As a noted vaccination skeptic, he wanted to come to Australia with an extraordinary permit. And this is at a time when COVID is as rampant as ever and when understanding for those who refuse vaccination is getting thinner with each passing day. He believed that his celebrity and perhaps the Australian attribute of forgiving athletes almost all sins would bring them over the borders. not even close.

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A vigilante officer disqualified his admission papers, which had been remotely approved by the Australian government just hours earlier. It was the start of a bureaucratic nightmare familiar to so many newcomers who are exposed to Australia’s immigration juggernaut. Especially fugitives seeking protection in Australia.

But while these are often countered by dehumanizing, racist politics, bureaucratic chaos appears to be the primary cause in Djokovic’s case. Various offices, organizations and governments had not spoken to each other. One hand did not know what the other was doing. This failure will hang around the neck of the authorities for years to come. And it will have consequences for future sports tournaments.

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Freedom defender?

In such a situation, Djokovic may regret it. He thought he had done everything right. Even the judge who granted him the visa a week ago had said the same thing. On the other hand, he is skeptical about vaccinations and disturbing images from Belgrade that showed the tennis star dealing with children – at a time when he was clearly infected.

It does not show a hero defending freedom. So it shouldn’t be surprising if a few Australians in a pub on Sunday evening said only one thing about the matter: “Good riddance” – goodbye Djokovic.

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