Tennis Star Novak Djokovic denied entry to Australia
By TOI Team January 9, 2022 Update on : January 9, 2022
The Australian government has revoked the visa of the world’s number one male tennis star Novak Djokovic and revoked his visa.
He was detained for several hours when he landed at Melbourne Airport to take part in the upcoming Australian Open title.
The Australian border forces said that the tennis star has cont fulfilled his conditions in entering the country and they said he will be sent back.
The federal government has hit back at Novak Djokovic in a pre-court showdown submission, saying it could simply cancel his visa again if the original cancellation is invalid. https://t.co/mWXLgSJ6M1
— The Daily Telegraph (@dailytelegraph) January 9, 2022
BBC in a report last Thursday said that the tennis star has been kept at a hotel under the management of the Australian government.
The Covid border rules of the Australian imposed a ban on non-double doses vaccinated foreigners from entering if they don’t have a medical release from having the jabs.
The organizers have earlier informed that the Covid border rules have been relaxed for the Serbian tennis player who flew into Melbourne last week with a hope to defend his Australian Open title.
But the medical clearance obtained by the Serbian star created widespread criticism worldwide.
Australian Prime Minister Scott John Morrison told a news conference on Monday that Djokovic was not being given any privilege and that no one was above the country’s rules.
However, Novak Djokovic has yet not confirmed whether has been vaccinated. The 34 years old tennis star, who has won 20 Grand Slams in his tennis career, last year said that he was not in favor of the vaccination.
Meanwhile, Greg Hunt, Australian Minister for Health and Aged Care, told CNN that he has come to know that Novak Djokovic’s visa has been canceled.
Now it is his wish whether he (Novak Djokovic) would file an appeal. But he or she has to leave the country when their visas are revoked, the Australian health minister said.
Besides, the issue of cancellation of Novak Djokovic’s visa and his subsequent detention at the airport has created a strong reaction in the media in Serbia.
Earlier, Novak Djokovic said that he is opposed to the vaccination, but never said candidly whether he had had the vaccine.
The news that Djokovic has been granted a medical exemption in Australia was met with anger from citizens who are living under such strictest Covid rules.