Australia cancelled Djokovic’s visa and denied entry upon his arrival saying he ‘failed to provide’ mandatory proof for vaccine exemption.
Australia won’t instantly deport tennis world primary Novak Djokovic because the star remained in immigration detention, a authorities lawyer has instructed a court docket listening to.
Facing a authorized problem from the Serb on Thursday, state lawyer Christopher Tran stated Australia didn’t plan to deport him earlier than a closing court docket listening to scheduled for Monday.
Federal Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly stated there was a delay in receiving the appliance for a assessment of the visa selections and the short-term ban on Djokovic’s deportation.
Australia cancelled Djokovic’s visa and denied entry upon his arrival earlier, the nation’s border company introduced, saying the sportsman “failed to provide appropriate evidence” to fulfill entry necessities.
The Serb had obtained a medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination so as to play within the Australian Open, which begins in lower than two weeks.
Djokovic was taken from Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport to the Park Hotel, a authorities detention resort infamous for a number of coronavirus outbreaks, pending his elimination.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed Djokovic’s visa had been cancelled 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 to Australia having one of the lowest death rates in the world from COVID, we are continuing to be vigilant,” he stated on Twitter.
“Rules are rules.”
Tennis star Novak Djokovic faces deportation from Australia after his visa was cancelled for ‘failing to provide’ mandatory proof for vaccine exemption.
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) January 6, 2022
‘Taken for fools’
The Victorian state authorities has mandated that every one gamers, employees and followers attending the Australian Open should be totally vaccinated except there’s a real motive why an exemption needs to be granted.
The resolution to award Djokovic a medical exemption prompted an outcry on social media and criticism from different sportspeople, medical professionals and politicians.
Following the announcement, former Australian Rules participant Kevin Bartlett tweeted that Australians “have been taken for fools”.
Another former participant, Corey McKernan, tweeted: “People with loved ones who are dying/some needing urgent treatment cannot get into their own states. You tell people they can’t go to Coles or a cafe without being vaxxed but if you’re world number one you get a pass?”
Many Australians, and notably these in Melbourne which hosts the event, have been subjected to a collection of prolonged lockdowns over the previous two years.
Federal and state authorities closely pushed the significance of vaccinations. As a end result, 90 p.c of individuals over 16 have been double dosed and a booster programme is rolling out.
“It sends an appalling message to millions seeking to reduce #COVID19Aus risk to themselves & others. #Vaccination shows respect, Novak,” tweeted Stephen Parnis, a former vice-president of the Australian Medical Association.
“I don’t care how good a tennis player he is. If he’s refusing to get vaccinated, he shouldn’t be allowed in.”