Australia canceled Djokovic’s visa and denied entry on arrival, saying he had “failed to” provide the necessary evidence for vaccine release.
Australia will not immediately deport the tennis world’s number one Novak Djokovic as the star has remained in immigration custody, a government lawyer said in a court hearing.
State Attorney Christopher Tran said on Thursday against a legal challenge from the Serb that Australia did not plan to deport him before a final court hearing scheduled for Monday.
Australia had canceled Djokovic’s visa and denied entry on arrival earlier, announcing the country’s border agency, saying the sportsman had “failed to provide appropriate evidence” to meet entry requirements.
The Serb has received a medical release of COVID-19 vaccination to play in the Australian Open, which starts in less than two weeks.
Djokovic was taken from Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport to the Park Hotel, a government detention hotel notorious for several coronavirus outbreaks, pending its removal.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed Djokovic’s visa has been canceled on social media.
“Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our borders. No one is above these rules. “Our strong border policies have been critical for Australia with one of the lowest mortality rates in the world due to COVID, we remain vigilant,” he said on Twitter.
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