The Australian government is canceling Djokovic’s visa for a second time, saying the unvaccinated tennis player could pose a risk to the community.
Tennis star Novak Djokovic faces deportation after the Australian government withdraws his visa for a second time.
The Australian government canceled its visa on Friday, saying the world’s top-ranked men’s tennis player, who had not been vaccinated for COVID-19, could pose a risk to the community.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has used discretionary powers to cancel Djokovic’s visa again, after a court set aside 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 grounds of health and good order, on the grounds that it was in the public interest to do, “Hawke said. a statement.
The government “is committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic”.
He said he had “carefully considered” information from Djokovic, the Home Office and the Australian Border Guard.
Under the section of the Migration Act used by the Minister to exercise his power to cancel the visa, Djokovic would not be able to obtain a visa to come to Australia for three years, except in compelling circumstances affecting Australia’s interest. become.
Djokovic’s lawyers are expected to appeal the cancellation in federal and family court as they successfully did after the first cancellation.
His release of a COVID-19 vaccination requirement to compete has been approved by the Victoria State Government and Tennis Australia, the tournament organizer. This apparently allowed him to obtain a visa to travel.
But the Australian Border Force rejected the release and canceled his visa on arrival in Melbourne.
He spent four nights in court on Monday before a judge reversed that decision.
On Thursday, Djokovic was included in the Australian Open official draw despite the uncertainty about his visa status.
Djokovic too acknowledge know he tested positive for COVID-19 when he attended a newspaper interview and photo shoot at his tennis center in Serbia last month, admitting he had made a “judgment error” and should have gone into isolation immediately.
More to follow