“Mistake a human error as a result of living in challenging times in a global pandemic.” Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic
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Sydney - M E Times Int'l: INTERNATIONAL and Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic admitted his support staff ticked the “incorrect box” on his immigration entry forms while a report by German IT experts suggests his positive COVID test may have been manipulated, throwing into doubt his justification for entering Australia unvaccinated.
Djokovic released the statement on his Twitter account where he admitted his “support team” made a mistake in filling out the “incorrect box”.
He responded to suggestions that he may have lied on his border entry forms by ticking a box saying he had not travelled, and was not planning to travel, in the 14 days prior to his Australian flight.
But Djokovic’s version of his recent travels has been thrown into doubt by social media posts and other reports suggesting he jetted from Belgrade to Spain with the 14-day window.
“On the issue of my travel declaration, this was submitted by my support team on my behalf – as I told immigration officials on my arrival – and my agent sincerely apologises for the administrative mistake in ticking the incorrect box about my previous travel before coming to Australia.”
Djokovic went on to say the mistake was a “human error” as a result of “living in challenging times in a global pandemic”.
According to the statement Djokovic’s team provided additional information to the Australian Government to “clarify this matter”.
The Home Affairs Department warns that giving “giving false or misleading information” on the border entry form “is a serious offence” carrying a possible stint in jail.
Djokovic also addressed media reports that he attended several events in Belgrade – including one with children - after testing positive for COVID-19.
“I attended a basketball game in Belgrade on December 14 after which it was reported that a number of people tested positive with COVID-19.
“Despite having no COVID symptoms, I took a rapid antigen test on December 16 which was negative, and out of an abundance of caution, also took an official and approved PCR test on that same day”.
“The next day I attended a tennis event in Belgrade to present awards to children and took a rapid antigen test before going to the event, and it was negative.
“I was asymptomatic and felt good, and I had not received the notification of a positive PCR test result until after that event,” the statement says.
The statement does not address new a new investigation by German news site Der Spiegel which suggests Djokovic’s COVID-19 test results may have been manipulated.
Djokovic sought a medical exemption to enter Australia unvaccinated on the basis that he had already tested positive for COVID-19.
Documents provided by Djokovic’s lawyers at his court hearing revealed the tennis player took a PCR test at 1.05pm on December 16 – returning a positive result seven hours later.
However, Der Spiegel’s investigation reveals the digital timestamps on Djokovic’s test result, accessed via Serbia’s public central test registry, show the test was from 2.21pm on December 26 - 10 days after the supposed test date.