Serbia to investigate Djokovic over breach of rules – “Will consult relevant authorities”

Serbia and its government are set to investigate tennis player Novak Djokovic over his breach of COVID-19 rules.

Djokovic’s case against Australia was won by the Serbian. However, the case revealed a terrible detail about the Serbian, and that was him irresponsibly flouting COVID-19 rules.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner tested positive on 16 December. However, he was spotted in public two days after returning the positive test, something no one is supposed to be doing. This detail technically won him his case, but it is very much a violation of protocol.

As a result, Serbia is set to investigate Djokovic over his breach of COVID-19 rules after his confession in Australia.

The Serbian prime minister, Ana Brnabić, said Djokovic should explain his actions or risk the consequences. 

“If you’re positive you have to isolate,” Brnabić told the BBC, adding that if the World No. 1 had indeed broken the rules, she would have to consult “relevant authorities”.

Brnabić also said that she did not know “when he actually got the results”, and so would not comment further. She also said that while she did not agree with his anti-vax stance, he was “one of the great champions of Serbia” and as his fan, she hopes he could participate in the Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic at a training session before  the Australian Open.
Djokovic (pictured) at a training session before the Australian Open. Source: Shutterstock

“It was really important for me to express concern over the issue. I have offered the service of the Serbian government if there is anything we can do. We have agreed to stay in communication with Australian representatives,” she concluded.

The Aussies are wrong

In an op-ed article, Belgrade deputy mayor Goran Vesić launched a scathing attack on Australian immigration minister, Alex Hawke.

“No one had heard of a certain immigration minister in Australia, Alex Hawke – but the whole world has heard of Novak Djokovic,” Vesic wrote.

“Well, the world finally found out who Mr Hawke is.

“The Serb opposition calls us, the ruling party, dictators – but trust me, neither the president or any one of us would ever annul a court decision.”

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