However, he affirmed that the Australian government is committed to protecting the borders of his country, especially in relation to the covid-19 pandemic, which is why the decision was made to cancel the tennis player’s visa.
“Today I exercised my power under section 133C (3) of the Migration Act to cancel Mr. Novak Djokovic’s visa for reasons of health and good order, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so,” the statement read. statement published by ‘The Guardian’.
This cancellation means that Djokovic may be banned from the country for three years, except under certain circumstances.
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Border agents revoked the visa and sent him to a migrant detention center in Melbourne. But his team of lawyers managed to get a judge to reverse the decision on Monday because of a procedural error during his questioning at Melbourne airport.
With this, the decision to cancel the visa was again in the hands of the Australian Minister of Immigration, Alex Hawke.
According to international media, the 34-year-old Serbian’s lawyers are expected to appeal this decision in court.
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In the first place, although his lawyers indicated that Djokovic tested positive for covid-19 on December 16, 2021, the tennis player was seen at various events in the days following that positive result.
The world’s number one tennis player was seen on the streets in Belgrade. On December 17, a day after the positive PCR test, he attended a luncheon for the release of Serbian stamps with his image, and appeared without a mask with young tennis players.
In the document, released by the federal court, it indicated that I had not traveled in the 14 days prior to the flight.
But there seems to be clear evidence that Djokovic did travel during that period.
There are photos of him in Belgrade on December 25 with Serbian handball player Petar Djordjic, who uploaded the images to his Instagram profile.
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On December 31, the SotoTennis academy tweeted a video of Djokovic training in Marbella, Spain, and on January 2 his photo appeared in Diario Sur when he was playing for the Puente Romano club in that coastal town.
According to entry documents, “giving false or misleading information is a serious offense” and can lead to your entry to Australia being barred for three years.
At that time, Djokovic told immigration agents upon arrival at Melbourne airport that his travel documents were filled out by his agent, according to a transcript released by the court.
He also admitted that he submitted a false statement to the Australian government about his travel history before flying to Melbourne, although he blamed his representative.
His comments were included in a statement uploaded to his social networks on January 12.
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The player said that on December 16 he had a rapid antigen test that came back negative and then did the PCR for “abundance of caution.”
“I was asymptomatic and feeling fine, and I had not received notification of the positive PCR until after the event,” he said.
But the tennis player admitted that he attended an interview and photo shoot with the French sports daily L’Equipe on December 18.
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“I felt obliged to carry out the interview with L’Equipe because I did not want to look bad to the journalist, but I was careful to maintain social distancing and used a mask, except for photos,” he said.
“Now I think that this was an error of judgment and I accept that I should have rescheduled this commitment,” he said.
The errors and inconsistencies in the declaration made by Djokovic to enter Australia, as well as the fact of contravening the isolation guidelines for covid-19 in Serbia, would have led to the new cancellation of his visa.