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“Ashamed as a Victorian”: Shane Warne on Novak Djokovic’s Visa Saga

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Former Australian cricketer Shane Warne on Tuesday questioned the medical exemption given to world number one men’s singles tennis player Novak Djokovic. The tennis star on Monday overturned the border officer’s preliminary decision to revoke her visa after winning her legal appeal on procedural grounds. Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Judge Anthony Kelly revoked Djokovic’s visa and confirmed that the twenty-time Grand Slam winner Serbian would be allowed to stay in Australia.

Djokovic was also ordered to be released from detention immediately with his passport and “personal effect”.

“Are these facts true? As I’ve read many different reports in this filthy shameful saga. Novak tested positive for COVID on 16th December and attended a public event on 17th, which included children. They said they didn’t travel 14 days ago. Oz arrived but went to Spain on 2 January?” Shane Warne tweeted.

“And did Novak have a medical exemption? If so – has the giver been identified? What was that exemption? In this situation I’m trying to get at the facts as to why I’m embarrassed as a Victorian. Vik sarkar chup hai can someone explain us in plain English,” he said.

Notably, Djokovic was granted medical exemption to enter Australia and compete at the Australian Open because he recently tested positive for COVID-19.

The organizers of the Australian Open granted vaccine-skeptic Djokovic a medical exemption after which he traveled to Melbourne. However, upon landing the nine-time Australian Open champion, he spent eight hours in custody at Melbourne airport, where he unsuccessfully pleaded his case before the border authorities.

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