Australia Revokes Top Seed Djokovic's Visa For 2nd Time
Muhammad Rameez Published January 14, 2022 | 02:41 PM
In the latest twist in the row over Novak Djokovic's COVID-19 status, Australian authorities on Friday revoked the Serbian tennis superstar's visa for a second time
ANKARA, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Jan, 2022 ) :In the latest twist in the row over Novak Djokovic's COVID-19 status, Australian authorities on Friday revoked the Serbian tennis superstar's visa for a second time.
"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," Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said in a statement.
"The Morrison Government is firmly committed to protecting Australia's borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic," Hawke added, thanking the Australian public offices who serve the country's interests during challenging times.
In addition, Djokovic is likely to face a three-year ban on a new Australian visa.
On Jan. 4, Djokovic, 34, said he had been granted a medical exemption from being vaccinated for COVID-19, but after his arrival, the Australian Border Force canceled his visa for failing to meet the COVID-19 entry requirements.
After the world No. 1 was sent to an immigration detention hotel in Melbourne, a federal court ordered his release.Australia mandates all players to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to compete in this year's first major tennis tournament.
Djokovic has refused to say whether or not he has been vaccinated against the corona-virus.He was included in the official draw for this year's Australian Open on Thursday.The 2022 Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year, will begin next Monday in Melbourne.