Sunday, September 24, 2023

Australia cancels Djokovic’s visa again

Novak Djokovic’s visa was once again cancelled by Australia on Friday. He still has the option of a legal challenge to avoid deportation and defend his title at Australian Open.

The Australian Government canceled visa of legendary tennis player Djokovic saying that the world no 1 is not still not vaccinated and may pose a risk on Australian citizens.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used discretionary powers to again cancel Djokovic’s visa, after a court quashed an earlier revocation and released him from immigration detention on Monday. “Today I exercised my power under section 133C(3) of the Migration Act to cancel the visa held by Mr Novak Djokovic on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so,” Hawke said in a statement.

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His exemption from a COVID-19 vaccination requirement to compete was approved by the Victoria state government and Tennis Australia, the tournament organizer. That allowed him to receive a visa to travel.

But the Australian border force denied his entry to the nation and cancelled his visa on arival. The world No 1 have to spent 4 night in a hotel in Melbourne before a judge overturn the decision.

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