Tennis: an Australian judge orders the release of Novak Djokovic

Judge Anthony Kelly ended several days of legal battle by ordering on Monday January 10 the immediate release of Novak Djokovic, who, wishing to enter Australia without being vaccinated against Covid-19, has been held since his arrival in a center for migrants in Melbourne.

Christopher Tran, a government lawyer, warned, however, that Canberra could still decide to expel Novak Djokovic from the country, which would result in him being barred from entering Australia for three years.

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The tennis player’s lawyers were trying to convince the federal court that the Serbian champion had contracted the Covid in December, which would exempt him from a compulsory vaccination to enter the territory. “What more could this man have done?” “, admitted during the hearing followed online by AFP the judge, who considered that Djokovic provided evidence, emanating from “Of a professor and an eminently qualified doctor” regarding his request for a medical exemption.

The “completely confused” player

The hearing opened late after a computer problem due to too many connections to attend its online retransmission, finally shared on YouTube in particular, despite a ban, by antivax. Djokovic, who did not speak at the hearing, finally obtained permission from the court to follow Monday’s proceedings from another, undisclosed location, before being forced to return to the detention center in the outcome of the hearings.

According to the sportsman’s lawyers, the player was “Completely confused”, when he was heard for several hours on the night of January 5 to 6 at Melbourne airport. They argued in particular that he was deprived of means of communication with his entourage during his interrogation. His lawyers say he tested positive for Covid-19 on December 16. However, he attended the next day in Belgrade, without a mask, a ceremony in honor of young Serbian players.

The Australian Open, where Djokovic aims to afford a 21st Grand Slam tournament that would place him at the top of tennis history ahead of his two historic rivals, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, begins in seven days and his participation depended entirely on Anthony Kelly’s decision.



Australian Brisbane wins 2032 Olympics

During the health crisis, current affairs continue. As always, the Olympic Committee took advantage of the Games to bring together almost all of its members and vote on the decisions prepared by the Executive Board, the real government of Olympism.

After choosing a new vice-president, former swimmer Nicole Hoevertsz, adopted the principle of ski mountaineering entering the Milan Winter Games in 2026 and listened to the progress report from Tony Estanguet, patron of the Games of 2024, the members elected the city which will succeed Tokyo, Paris and Los Angeles to host the flame in 2032. All without the famous ceremony of the opening of the envelopes, the shouts of joy from the winner, and the mine defeats of the or losers, since the result was decided in advance.

The deadly risk of the absence of candidates

Can we indeed speak of an election when there is only one candidate? The city of Brisbane was the only one in contention after sites which had been suspected for a while did not withdraw their stake, at the request of the IOC, which completely changed its method of attribution.

London’s 2012 triumph was followed in 2013 by a long and costly campaign by the three candidates for 2020, Madrid, Istanbul and Tokyo, which left a lot of bitterness behind. This episode dissuaded a lot of candidates from taking the plunge, especially for the Winter Games. In addition, faced with public opinions increasingly hostile to the expenses necessary for a fortnightly sports festival, many cities have preferred to withdraw their marbles: Rome, Budapest for the summer version, Sion or Saint-Moritz for the winter. .

Former fencer and lawyer Thomas Bach, who has chaired the IOC since 2013, understood the fatal risk for Olympism of no longer finding a host city. He therefore set up a system requiring that around 80 to 90% of sports facilities be in place before submitting a case. This is the case for Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 and soon for Brisbane.

The IOC also reserves the right to enter into so-called exclusive negotiations with whomever it sees fit. Thus, three sites that have expressed Olympic ambitions in recent years – New Delhi, Qatar City and Seoul (which raises the hypothetical hope of a joint candidacy with its northern neighbor Pyongyang) – were asked to wait for their tower.

A 3e flame for australia

Masterfully piloted by influential Australian IOC Vice-President John Coates, and freed from competition, Brisbane had been on a flying carpet for months. In June, Thomas Bach had praised the project ” irresistible “ from the capital of Queensland and “Love” Australians for “Their sports and their athletes”.

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This will be the third time that the Big South Island has hosted the flame, which it ignited in 1956 (Melbourne) and 2000 (Sydney). As allowed by the new Olympic regulations, the city of 2 million inhabitants applied with the collaboration of a territory, in this case the State of Queensland, which gives an additional financial base for the Games supposed to be ultimately cost as little as possible.

The Queensland region, which occupies the northwest quarter of Australia, is counting on these Games to achieve the international notoriety it lacks. “Everywhere I’ve traveled people ask me where is Brisbane and you have to pull out a map to show them it’s an hour from Sydney by plane”Queensland Olympic Council President Natalie Cook told AFP, adding: “It’s going to change, and that’s very exciting. “

His dossier provides for a budget of 4.5 billion Australian dollars (2.8 billion euros), much lower than the 13 billion euros spent for the Tokyo Olympics, designed at a time when we were not yet looking at Olympic spending.



Tour de France 2021, stage 9: Australian Ben O’Connor climbs on the podium in Tignes

Tignes crowned on Sunday July 4th an Australian from a French team, Ben O’Connor, solo winner of the 9th stage of a Tour de France now under the law of Slovenian Tadej Pogacar.

In the Savoyard resort, at an altitude of 2107 meters, Pogacar has confirmed if necessary its current superiority in the mountains. He nibbled about thirty extra seconds on his direct rivals, the day after his seizure of power in Grand-Bornand (Haute-Savoie).

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The only change for the outgoing winner before the Tour observes its first day of rest: the name of its runner-up. The Belgian Wout van Aert logically fell back on a ground not very convenient and left the second place to O’Connor, now 2 min 01 sec behind the Slovenian.

“O’Connor was awesome, he did a big number, hat”, said politely Pogacar who evaded during the short post-stage press conference a question about the suspicion spread on social networks following his coup.

“My physical condition is super good, a little worse than yesterday (Saturday) but yesterday I had one of the best days of my career. Today, it was necessary to put more into survival mode ”, replied the young Slovenian (22) from the UAE team.

Dark day for Groupama-FDJ

In the final, Pogacar countered a start by Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz less than 4 kilometers from the finish and left his opponents unanswered. Even more David Gaudu who gave up nearly a minute to his rivals for a place of honor in a dark day for his Groupama-FDJ team (Arnaud Démare out of time).

→ THE ROUTE. Find the map of the 2021 Tour de France stages

Cold and rain hardened the race in this 144.9-kilometer stage that left without two major players, the Slovenian Primoz Roglic and the Dutch Mathieu van der Poel, already looking to the Tokyo Olympics. With the difference that if Roglic is diminished by the after-effects of his fall, van der Poel mainly intends to digest the fatigue of a thunderous first week, for his debut in the Tour. Several withdrawals (Peters, Merlier, De Buyst) were then recorded during the stage.

O’Connor rookie of choice

In contrast, the Italian champion Sonny Colbrelli caused a sensation in this mountain stage that the sprinter completed in… third place. “It was cold, I felt good, it was a day of grace”, exulted the sprinter of the Bahrain team, a formation which has not ceased to surprise for several weeks both at the Giro (2nd place for Caruso) and Dauphiné (three stage successes).

To win the stage, O’Connor left behind in the long final climb, more than 20 kilometers on a moderate slope most of the time (5.6% on average), his last companions, the Colombians Nairo Quintana, new carrier of the polka dot jersey, and Sergio Higuita.



→ FIND the full classification of the 9th stage of the Tour de France 2021

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Australian swimmer Maddie Groves slams door to Olympic selection denouncing sexism

Two-time Australian Olympic swimming medalist Maddie Groves slammed the selection door for the Tokyo Olympics, denouncing the presence in the sport of “Misogynistic pervert”.

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The 26-year-old, silver medalist in the 200-meter butterfly and the 4x100m relay at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016 announced her decision on Instagram on Thursday, June 10, while the selection process for the Olympics July is due to start on Saturday June 12 in the city of Adelaide.

“May this be a lesson for all misogynistic perverts”

“You can no longer exploit young women and girls, she wrote in her message, Shame them with their bodies or fear for their health and then expect them to represent you so that you can earn your annual bonus. It’s over ! “

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The swimmer does not give any indication of the identity of the persons concerned. She complained last November on Twitter about a “Person working in swimming who makes me feel uncomfortable by the way he stares at me in my clothes”.

A few days later she denounced a “Sinister comment” done by an unidentified coach, who later quickly apologized, “Maybe because the team psychologist told him to do it”.

No formal complaint

Swimming Australia president Kieren Perkins regretted that the swimmer did not file a formal complaint. “The reality is that all we know is what is on social media, she has not contacted Swimming Australia at any point, we have not been able to speak to her directly and talk about her concerns to understand this what happens “, did he declare.

“Unfortunately, social media posts do not represent an admissible complaint for us. We have to sit down with the people and talk about it ”, he added. “We would really like to do this and we wish Maddie would come and talk with us if she thinks she can do it.”, he continued.

Despite her withdrawal, Maddie Groves clarifies that she does not intend to end her career, saying she is looking forward to “Participate in other competitions later this year”.