The Australian Migration Minister, Alex Hawke, announced this Friday the cancellation of the visa of Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, after a court in the country overturned a previous decision in this regard and a few days after he began his participation in the Open Australia.
“Today I have exercised my powers under section 133C (3) of the Migration Act to cancel Novak Djokovic’s visa for health and public order matters, considering that it is in the public interest,” Hawke said in a statement.
Hawke stressed that the decision comes after the court ruling on January 10, overturning a previous cancellation decision, and added that for this “he has carefully considered the information provided by the Ministry of the Interior, the Australian Border Force and Djokovic.”
‘The Government (of Australian Prime Minister Scott) Morrison is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders. In particular in relation to the coronavirus pandemic ”; added.
“I thank the Home Office officials and the Australian Border Force who work every day to serve Australia’s interests in increasingly challenging operating environments”; Hawke has settled.
History of controversy
The controversy started last week. This, when the authorities prevented the tennis player from entering the country for not complying with the entry requirements in the country in relation to its strict measures against the coronavirus, which include being vaccinated.
🎾 I know that we are very aware of Mr. Djokovic, but it is important to remember, highlight and highlight that we will have 3 Chileans competing in the main draw of the Australian Open. Something that had not happened since Roland Garros 2010.
Tremendos Garín, Tabilo and Barrios👏🏻
– Manu Palominos Malbrán (@manupalominos) January 14, 2022
The world number one and nine-time Australian Open champion is in the city of Melbourne training for the defense of the title. There, he awaits a decision that was scheduled for Tuesday, but has been delayed after his lawyers produced more documents.