Monday, 10 January 2022 — SouthFront
Written by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
[Breaking: Apparently, the Australian govt has released Djokovic from ‘detention’ to play the Australian Open, though the govt could still cancel his visa. B]
Rarely can the treatment of a grand sporting figure by officialdom have caused such consternation. Novak Djokovic, the tennis World Number One, has always had a tendency to get under skin and constitution, creating a large following of admirers and detractors. But his current treatment by Australian authorities, and his subsequent detention as an unlawful arrival despite being granted a visa to participate in the Australian Open, had the hallmarks of oppression and incompetent vulgarity. In time, it may well also prove to have been another example of provincial opportunism and crass stupidity.
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