Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke canceled this Friday for the second time the visa of the world’s number one tennis player, the Serbian Novak Djokovic, which led to his deportation.
“Today I have exercised my power under section 133C (3) of the Immigration Law to cancel the visa of Mr. Novak Djokovic based on sanitary reasons and the maintenance of order because it is in the public interest “, The minister said in a brief statement, noting that he “carefully” weighed the information provided by the parties.
Djokovic traveled to Melbourne on January 5 with a medical exemption that allowed him to play in the Australian Open without being vaccinated, although later the Customs authorities canceled his visa and detained him until Monday a court ruling gave him the reason for the tennis player.
The 34-year-old Serbian’s lawyers are expected to appeal this decision in court, that he weighed errors and inconsistencies in the declaration made by Djokovic to enter Australia, as well as for contravening the isolation guidelines for COVID-19 in Serbia, among other matters.
Djokovic had declared that he had not traveled in the previous 14 days, but the truth is that He had moved from Serbia to Spain, while in his country of origin he granted an interview to a French media knowing that he was positive about the COVID-19.
Djokovic entered the Australian Open draw, which starts on Monday, to play his first match against his compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic, although the impact if there were a new legal battle in the development of the tournament is unknown.
“The (Scott) Morrison Government is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, especially in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Hawke said in justifying the action taken after the Federal Circuit Court ordered the placing released the tennis player last Monday.
That court considered that the cancellation of Djokovic’s visa a few hours after his arrival in the country, which led to his arrest, did not respect the “procedural fairness” of the world’s number 1 tennis player, who seeks to obtain his tenth Australian Open title and become the most awarded tennis player in history with 21 Grand Slams.
Australia, which holds elections this year, is fighting a rebound in COVID-19 cases, which have gone from less than 2,000 daily infections in December to almost 150,000 this week, amid shortages of products due to infections among essential workers.