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Sports Report: Djokovic back in immigration detention in Australia

08:35  15 january  2022
08:35  15 january  2022 Source:   msn.com

TIMELINE: Djokovic's failed bid to play in Australian Open

  TIMELINE: Djokovic's failed bid to play in Australian Open Novak Djokovic’s attempt to play in the Australian Open despite being unvaccinated against COVID-19 came to an end when a court upheld a government minister's rejection of his visa. The unanimous ruling from three Federal Court judges in Melbourne on Sunday came the day before Djokovic was scheduled to begin his title defense at a Grand Slam tournament he’s won a record nine times. The Australian government twice canceled a visa held by the 34-year-old from Serbia and Djokovic’s lawyers appealed twice.

Novak Djokovic will go BACK into detention centre over the weekend after deportation was delayed so he can fight to stay and compete in Australian Open after his visa was axed a second time. Officials said because the world no. 1 is unvaccinated against Covid, he may pose a risk to community. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used discretionary powers to cancel Djokovic 's visa for a second time. Djokovic could be banned from getting a new Australian visa for three years, except in specific circumstances. The tennis star was facing mounting criticism for arriving in Australia without being

Djokovic arrived at Melbourne'sPark Hotel, the same immigration detention hotel where he was held last week, just before 3:30 pm (0430 GMT), according to a Reuters witness. About a dozen refugee activists chanted "stop the torture let them out" as Djokovic and Border Force guards drove into the underground garage of the hotel, which is also Immigration Minister Alex Hawke decided to cancel the Serbian superstar's visa because his presence could foster opposition to COVID-19 vaccination in Australia , court documents released after an initial hearing in the Federal Court on Saturday showed.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic was reported to be back in immigration detention Saturday after his legal challenge to avoid being deported from Australia for being unvaccinated for COVID-19 was moved to a higher court.

  Report: Djokovic back in immigration detention in Australia © Provided by The Canadian Press

A Federal Court hearing has been scheduled for Sunday, a day before the men’s No. 1-ranked tennis player and nine-time Australian Open champion was due to begin his title defense at the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year.

Police closed down a lane behind the building where Djokovic’s lawyers are based and two vehicles exited the building mid-afternoon local time on Saturday. In television footage, Djokovic could be seen wearing a face mask in the back of a vehicle near an immigration detention hotel.

Verdict soon in Djokovic's deportation case in Australia

  Verdict soon in Djokovic's deportation case in Australia MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A court hearing for tennis star Novak Djokovic’s appeal against deportation in Australia ended Sunday and a verdict was expected within hours. Federal Court Chief Justice James Allsop said he and two fellow judges hoped to reach a verdict later Sunday. The top-ranked male tennis player needs to win the appeal to defend his Australian Open title in play that begins on Monday. The Australian government cancelled Djokovic's visa on Friday due to issues surrounding his stance against COVID-19 vaccination. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below.

Djokovic was held in the airport for several hours before border officials announced he had not met entry rules. He was then taken to a government detention hotel. "Non-citizens who do not hold a valid visa on entry or who have had their visa cancelled will be detained and removed from Australia ," the Australian Border Force (ABF) said in a statement. Djokovic 's team challenged ABF's decision, and a hearing at the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia has been scheduled for Monday.

Australian immigration authorities have detained Novak Djokovic , arguing that although the Serbian’s medical exemption from the Covid-19 vaccination was valid, his views are too dangerous to let him stay. Djokovic was detained at an address in Melbourne early Saturday morning, in line with a court order from the day prior, that saw Immigration Minister Alex Hawke cancelling the 9-time Australian Open champion visa. Hawke cited Djokovic ’s “high-profile status and position as a role model” while arguing that his “ongoing presence in Australia may foster… disregard for the precautionary requirements

The Australian Associated Press reported that Djokovic was back in detention. He spent four nights confined to a hotel near downtown Melbourne before being released last Monday when he won a court challenge on procedural grounds against his first visa cancellation.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke on Friday blocked the 34-year-old Serb’s visa, which was originally revoked when he landed at a Melbourne airport on Jan. 5.

Deportation from Australia can lead to a three-year ban on returning to the country, although that may be waived, depending on the circumstances.

Djokovic has acknowledged that his travel declaration was incorrect because it failed to indicate that he had been in multiple countries over the two weeks before his arrival in Australia.

Djokovic's deportation exposes Australian border debate

  Djokovic's deportation exposes Australian border debate MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Weary after two years of some of the harshest COVID-19 border restrictions in the world, many Australians wanted Novak Djokovic kicked out of their country for traveling to a tennis tournament in their country without being vaccinated. But the backdrop to the government's tough line on the defending Australian Open champion — and Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s description of the expulsion as a “decision to keep our borders strong” — dates to nearly a decade ago. It also shines a light on Australia's complicated, and strongly criticized, immigration and border policies.

Play video How Australian broadcasters reported Djokovic decision from BBCHow Australian broadcasters reported Djokovic decision. BBC. But his lawyers are lodging appeals and at a late-night court hearing, Australia agrees not to deport him yet. The tennis player's team say his visa was cancelled not on health grounds but because Djokovic might "excite" anti-vax sentiment. Nine-time Australian Open winner Djokovic is scheduled to play in the tournament on Monday night.

However Australia 's Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is still considering using his powers to revoke Djokovic 's visa, a spokesman said. Djokovic was temporarily barred entry last week because he is not vaccinated. He said his Covid infection in mid-December met the conditions for foreigners entering Australia , but authorities cancelled his visa on the basis that it was not a valid exemption. Djokovic , 34, was held in immigration detention in Melbourne for five days while he challenged the deportation order.

He has won the past three Australian Opens, part of his overall Grand Slam haul of 20 championships. He is tied with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for the most by a man in history.

In a post on social media Wednesday that constituted his most extensive public comments yet on the episode, Djokovic blamed his agent for checking the wrong box on the form, calling it “a human error and certainly not deliberate.”

In that same post, Djokovic said he went ahead with an interview and a photo shoot with a French newspaper in Serbia despite knowing he had tested positive for COVID-19 two days earlier. Djokovic has been attempting to use what he says was a positive test taken on Dec. 16 to justify a medical exemption that would allow him to skirt the vaccine requirement on the grounds that he already had COVID-19.

Hawke said he canceled the visa on “health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so.” His statement added that Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government “is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

EXPLAINER: Why Australia faces a tough call on Djokovic

  EXPLAINER: Why Australia faces a tough call on Djokovic WELLINGTON, New Zealand — When Australian immigration officials rejected tennis star Novak Djokovic’s medical exemption from a COVID-19 vaccination requirement and canceled his Australian visa, they set off a storm of ramifications — bureaucratic, political and legal. The world’s top male tennis player spent four days in a dowdy Melbourne immigration detention hotel among asylum seekers and undocumented migrants before Federal Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly upheld his appeal and ordered him released and his visa reinstated.

The saga over Novak Djokovic 's Australian visa has dominated headlines around the world since the tennis star was detained in Melbourne last week. At the start of the week, an Australian court ruled that Djokovic could stay in Australia after deciding that he was not given enough time to respond following the original cancellation of his visa. But on Friday, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke announced that he had decided to exercise his ministerial power to cancel the 34-year old's visa on "health and good order" grounds, adding that it was in "the public interest" to do so.

Australia 's Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is expected to announce his determination in the Also, Djokovic didn't immediately self-isolate back in Serbia after testing positive for Covid on December 16. What would Djokovic do next? Reports have indicated that Djokovic 's team of lawyers would The star's fans gathered outside the detention hotel he was held in and also clashed with police after

The main idea of the appeal of Hawke’s decision, according to the athlete’s lawyers, was that it was not based on the health risk that Djokovic might pose by not being vaccinated, but on how he might be perceived by those who are opposed to vaccine mandates or skeptical of the vaccines' efficacy.

Morrison himself welcomed Djokovic’s pending deportation. The episode has touched a nerve in Australia, and particularly in Victoria state, where locals went through hundreds of days of lockdowns during the worst of the pandemic and there is a vaccination rate among adults of more than 90%.

Australia faces a massive surge in virus cases driven by the highly transmissible omicron variant. On Friday, the nation reported 130,000 new cases, including nearly 35,000 in Victoria state. Although many infected people aren’t getting as sick as they did in previous outbreaks, the surge is still putting severe strain on the health system, with more than 4,400 people hospitalized. It has also disrupted workplaces and supply chains.

“This pandemic has been incredibly difficult for every Australian, but we have stuck together and saved lives and livelihoods. ... Australians have made many sacrifices during this pandemic, and they rightly expect the result of those sacrifices to be protected,” Morrison said Friday. “This is what the Minister is doing in taking this action today.”

Double-fault: Visa revoked again, Djokovic faces deportation

  Double-fault: Visa revoked again, Djokovic faces deportation MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic faces deportation again after the Australian government revoked his visa for a second time, the latest twist in the ongoing saga over whether the No. 1-ranked tennis player will be allowed to compete in the Australian Open despite being unvaccinated for COVID-19. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said Friday he used his ministerial discretion to cancel the 34-year-old Serb’s visa on public interest grounds — just three days before play begins at the Australian Open, where Djokovic has won a record nine of his 20 Grand Slam titles.

Djokovic's supporters in Serbia have been dismayed by the visa cancellations.

Everyone at the Australian Open — including players, their support teams and spectators — is required to be vaccinated. Djokovic is not inoculated.

His exemption was approved by the Victoria state government and Tennis Australia, apparently allowing him to obtain a visa to travel. But the Australian Border Force rejected the exemption and canceled his visa when he landed in the country.

Djokovic spent four nights in an immigration detention hotel before a judge overturned that decision. That ruling allowed him to move freely around Australia and he has been practicing at Melbourne Park daily.

“It’s not a good situation for anyone,” said Andy Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion and five-time runner-up at the Australian Open. “It just seems like it’s dragged on for quite a long time now.”

According to Grand Slam rules, if Djokovic is forced to pull out of the tournament before the order of play for Day 1 is announced, No. 5 seed Andrey Rublev would move into Djokovic’s spot in the bracket.

If Djokovic withdraws from the tournament after Monday’s schedule is released, he would be replaced in the field by what’s known as a “lucky loser” — a player who loses in the qualifying tournament but gets into the main draw because of another player’s exit before competition has started.

And if Djokovic plays in a match — or more — and then is told he can no longer participate in the tournament, his next opponent would simply advance to the following round and there would be no replacement.

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John Pye And Rod Mcguirk , The Associated Press

Novak Djokovic denied entry to Australia, has visa canceled .
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic’s chance to play for a 10th Australian Open title was thrown into limbo Thursday when the country denied him entry and canceled his visa because he failed to meet the requirements for an exemption to COVID-19 vaccination rules. The top-ranked Djokovic announced on social media Tuesday that he had “exemption permission” and he landed in Australia late Wednesday with a medical exemption from the Victoria state government that was expected to shield him from the strict vaccination regulations in place for this year’s first major tennis tournament.

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