Australia revokes Novak Djokovic's visa for a second time | DW News


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Australia revokes Novak Djokovic's visa for a second time | DW News



The Australian government on Friday cancelled Novak Djokovic’s visa for a second time, saying the Serbian tennis star may pose a risk to the community as he was unvaccinated for COVID-19.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used his discretionary power to revoke Djokovic’s visa days after a court overturned an earlier cancellation of his visa and ordered his release from immigration detention in Melbourne.

“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,” the minister said in a statement.

The government “is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Hawke said.

Djokovic was first denied entry to Australia last week. He claims to have tested positive for COVID on December 16 and therefore does not need a coronavirus vaccine to enter the country.

What does this mean for Djokovic?
The minister’s decision came a day after he was confirmed in the official draw for the Australian Open men’s tournament. The tournament is due to start on Monday.

The tennis world number one could now be deported from the country. If that happens, Djokovic would be banned from coming to Australia for three years, except in compelling circumstances that affect Australia’s interest.

The nine-time Australian Open champion could appeal the visa cancellation in court once again, as he successfully did after the first cancellation.
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  1. Nadal is vaccinated and had a more severe course of the disease than Novak without vaccination. And then he advises Novak to get vaccinated, based on scientific evidence. It couldn't be dumber.

  2. Shame on Imm Minister. Alex, now you have saved Australia from a person who had covid and beat it. His natural immunity will last for over 40 years. Bravo.

  3. Not one bit of this needed to happen. Novak Djokovic should start acting like an adult get vaccinated or be prepared to paid accordingly.
    He is an example for future generations he needs to learn his acts bears consequences.
    Stop asking for special treatment. Respect other countries policies so tired of watching sports artists or rich people asking for one off authorizations.

  4. Australia has some beautiful people, however the Australian Government is a disgrace. Freedom always wins, tyranny (exploiting others for personal gain) will always lose. History will prove itself again.

  5. Novak would never have gone to Australia if he had not been given an exemption to enter the country by the government (which he did receive; hence Judge Kelly’s initial ruling). He would have skipped the Australian Open and been home with his family and no one would be…talking about this mess. There was a political agenda at play here with the elections coming up which couldn’t be more obvious. This is not his fault. He did not force his way into the country and did not “make his own rules”; he was ready to stay home."

  6. Ir’s. Ot a mandatory to get vaccinated so he didnt. His choice. After what happened to world class cyclists Kyle, I can understand his concerns. You wouldn’t risk my carrier for some controversial vaccines. He is a lot at stake. But Aussies chose to make a scene just like they did with Johnny DEPP’S puppies. He is a world class athlete with tiptop shape what are the odds falling ill for covid19?

  7. Diese maßlose serbisch-novak'sche Arroganz!

    Die Claqueure für Djokovic und ihn selbst interessierte es doch einen feuchten Dreck, ob Fakten Anlass für die endgültige Ausweisung Novaks waren oder ob nicht. In der gesamten Angelegenheit gesellt sich die Überheblichkeit eines angeblich gedemütigten Volkes, das tatsächlich rund 80 Jahre andere Völker eines Staatengebildes unter verschiedenen Vorzeichen (Königreich, NS-Satellitenstaat, sozialistische Republik …) stets unterjochte und auch weiterhin demütigt, zur maßlosen Arroganz eines Tennis-Weltstars, der den Status des Impfgegners zu seinem PR-wirksamen Markenzeichen gemacht hat.

    Mit kotzt es ehrlich an, dass große Teile des serbischen Volkes bis heute ignorieren, welches Unheil sie über Slowenen, Bosniaken, Kroaten, Kosovo-Albaner und alle dort lebenden Minderheiten aus den angrenzenden Staaten brachten! Wie gerne machen Serben sich zu Opfern der Weltgeschichte vom Panslawismus bis zum aktuellen Status nach Zerfall des Jugoslawien-Konstruktes! Tatsächlich waren sie Täter mit Blut an den Händen und sind es zum Teil noch immer. Wie überheblich, sich selbst als Verfolgte zu betrachten und ihren "Vorzeige-Serben" zum leidenden, sich aufopfernden Messias hoch zu stilisieren! Tuet Buße an euren Not leidenden Nachbarn und ehemaligen Opfern serbischen Hegemonialstrebens!

  8. This year Australian Open champion speech: Thank you Australian kangaroo court for giving me this fluke of trophy. I wouldn't have done it without you!

  9. To make a good tournament you have to ensure the presence of all participants. If you can not cancel the competition. And the bill to pay the government is so simple.

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