Novak Djokovic Says He Didn’t Know His COVID-19 Diagnosis Before Attending Event

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Kabar Medsos – World No. 1 men’s tennis player Novak Djokovic said he didn’t know of his positive COVID-19 test result before attending a public event in December but admitted going to a previously scheduled interview and photoshoot session for L’Equipe after receiving his diagnosis.

Ben Rothenberg of Racquet relayed an Instagram statement from Djokovic regarding the matter.

Djokovic said he attended a basketball game in Belgrade on Dec. 14 and soon learned that multiple people who were at the contest tested positive for COVID-19. On Dec. 16, Djokovic said he took a rapid antigen test that came back negative. He also took a PCR test.

On Dec. 17, Djokovic said he attended a tennis event where he handed out awards to children. He said he took another rapid antigen test that returned a negative result beforehand and was asymptomatic.

Djokovic then said he got word of a positive result from the PCR test after the children’s event. He further stated that he canceled all other events he had planned on Dec. 18 outside of an interview and photoshoot with L’Equipe at his tennis center in Belgrade. Djokovic said that he was socially distanced and wore a mask the entire time outside of a photoshoot.

He closed by saying he should have rescheduled the L’Equipe interview and photoshoot upon further reflection.

Djokovic’s statement comes amid the ongoing drama regarding his playing status for the 2022 Australian Open.

Per CNN Travel, “all arrivals to Australia must be fully vaccinated and present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival.”

Djokovic is unvaccinated, but he received a medical exemption to compete in the Australian Open because he recently recovered from COVID-19, per Australian Federal Circuit Court documents (h/t CNN’s Hannah Ritchie).

However, the Australian government canceled his visa on Jan. 6 per Section 116(1)(e) of the Migration Act, which “allows for the cancellation of a visa where the holder poses a risk to the health, safety or good order of the Australian community, or to an individual within the Australian community.”

That put Djokovic in limbo as he stayed in a hotel detention facility while his team appealed the ruling.

Per CNN, a judge overruled the visa and ordered that Djokovic be released from detention Monday. Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke can still cancel the visa and is “currently considering the matter.”

The Australian Open is already underway with qualifying matches. The bracket for the tournament has not yet been revealed, but Djokovic is listed as a No. 1 seed.


Novak Djokovic Mengatakan Dia Tidak Tahu Diagnosis COVID-19 Sebelum Menghadiri Acara

Kabar Medsos – Petenis putra peringkat 1 dunia Novak Djokovic mengaku tidak mengetahui hasil tes positif COVID-19 sebelum menghadiri acara publik pada Desember lalu, namun mengaku menghadiri sesi wawancara dan pemotretan yang dijadwalkan sebelumnya untuk L’Equipe setelah menerima diagnosisnya.

Ben Rothenberg dari Racquet menyampaikan pernyataan Instagram dari Djokovic mengenai masalah tersebut.

Djokovic mengatakan dia menghadiri pertandingan bola basket di Beograd pada 14 Desember dan segera mengetahui bahwa banyak orang yang berada di kontes tersebut dinyatakan positif COVID-19. Pada 16 Desember, Djokovic mengatakan dia mengambil tes antigen cepat yang hasilnya negatif. Dia juga mengikuti tes PCR.

Pada 17 Desember, Djokovic mengatakan bahwa dia menghadiri acara tenis di mana dia membagikan penghargaan kepada anak-anak. Dia mengatakan dia mengambil tes antigen cepat lain yang mengembalikan hasil negatif sebelumnya dan tidak menunjukkan gejala.

Djokovic kemudian mengaku mendapat kabar positif dari tes PCR usai acara anak-anak. Dia lebih lanjut menyatakan bahwa dia membatalkan semua acara lain yang telah dia rencanakan pada 18 Desember di luar wawancara dan pemotretan dengan L’Equipe di pusat tenisnya di Beograd. Djokovic mengatakan bahwa dia menjaga jarak dan mengenakan topeng sepanjang waktu di luar pemotretan.

Dia menutup dengan mengatakan dia seharusnya menjadwal ulang wawancara dan pemotretan L’Equipe setelah refleksi lebih lanjut.

Pernyataan Djokovic muncul di tengah drama yang sedang berlangsung mengenai status bermainnya untuk Australia Terbuka 2022.

Per CNN Travel, “semua kedatangan ke Australia harus sepenuhnya divaksinasi dan menunjukkan tes PCR negatif yang diambil dalam waktu 72 jam setelah kedatangan.”

Djokovic tidak divaksinasi, tetapi ia menerima pengecualian medis untuk bersaing di Australia Terbuka karena ia baru saja pulih dari COVID-19, menurut dokumen Pengadilan Sirkuit Federal Australia (h/t CNN Hannah Ritchie).

Namun, pemerintah Australia membatalkan visanya pada 6 Januari sesuai Pasal 116(1)(e) Undang-Undang Migrasi, yang “memungkinkan pembatalan visa di mana pemegangnya menimbulkan risiko terhadap kesehatan, keselamatan, atau ketertiban komunitas Australia, atau individu dalam komunitas Australia.”

Itu menempatkan Djokovic dalam limbo saat ia tinggal di fasilitas penahanan hotel sementara timnya mengajukan banding atas putusan tersebut.

Per CNN, seorang hakim menolak visa dan memerintahkan agar Djokovic dibebaskan dari tahanan Senin. Menteri Imigrasi Australia Alex Hawke masih dapat membatalkan visa dan “saat ini sedang mempertimbangkan masalah tersebut.”

Australia Terbuka sudah berlangsung dengan pertandingan kualifikasi. Braket untuk turnamen tersebut belum terungkap, tetapi Djokovic terdaftar sebagai unggulan pertama.

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