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Sport Novak Djokovic faces deportation after Australia revokes his visa again

14:25  14 january  2022
14:25  14 january  2022 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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  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Novak Djokovic's visa has been revoked a second time, leaving the world's No. 1 men's tennis player facing deportation ahead of the Australian Open.

Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke announced the decision on Friday.

“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,” Hawke’s statement reads. …

“In making the decision, I carefully considered information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border Force and Mr. Djokovic.”

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Per the Associated Press, Djokovic's attorneys are expected to appeal the decision with the Federal Circuit and Family Court. The same court granted his appeal when his visa was revoked the first time upon his arrival in Melbourne on Jan. 6. The Australian Open starts on Jan. 17.

An order like this typically comes with a three-year ban from obtaining another visa in Australia. It wasn't immediately clear if the Australian government intended to pursue such a ban.

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The decision arrives after Djokovic released a statement on Wednesday acknowledging that he provided false information on an Australian immigration declaration and admitted to giving an in-person media interview in December while knowingly infected with COVID-19.

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  Australia PM Says 'No One is Above' Rules Amid Novak Djokovic's Detainment Over COVID Jab The tennis star's detainment comes as Melbourne, where the Australian Open is held, is experiencing a massive surge in COVID cases.Djokovic, who has denied confirming whether or not he has received the COVID-19 vaccine, was detained by immigration authorities on Thursday. The Serbian tennis player was originally allowed to attend the Australian Open through an exemption given by the Victoria state government and Tennis Australia. However, that exemption and his visa were canceled upon his arrival to the country on Wednesday.

Djokovic was initially granted a medical exemption to Australian Open COVID-19 vaccine requirements by Tennis Australia and the state of Victoria prior to his arrival in Melbourne. The Australian Border Force canceled his visa while he was in transit, declaring that he "failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements to Australia." Immigrants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 barring a medical exemption.

Djokovic was detained in an immigration hotel until Jan. 10, when Judge Anthony Kelly reinstated his visa, overruling the previous decision by federal immigration authorities. Kelly reasoned in his ruling that authorities made their final decision to revoke Djokovic's visa at 7:42 a.m. when they had promised to allow him until 8:30 a.m. to respond to the cancelation.

Novak Djokovic.(Darrian Traynor/Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Novak Djokovic.(Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Video: Tennis star Novak Djokovic is back on the court after an Australian judge revoked his visa cancellation (CNBC)

Djokovic's detention becomes political issue in Australia

  Djokovic's detention becomes political issue in Australia SYDNEY (AP) — On a tennis court, Novak Djokovic’s timing is perfect. But when he arrived in Australia to play the first Grand Slam of the year holding documents allowing him to enter the country without a COVID-19 vaccine, his timing hardly could have been worse. When Djokovic landed in Melbourne on Wednesday he found himself in a city beset by surging virus cases. Border officials rejected Djokovic’s documentation, cancelled his visa and ordered him out of the country in a move that many Australians cheered. The tennis star's outspoken opposition to the COVID-19 vaccine struck a wrong note in a city where 92% of the eligible population is fully vaccinated.

Djokovic isn't vaccinated against COVID-19

Since his visa was initially reinstated, it was revealed that Djokovic declared that he isn't vaccinated and tested positive for COVID-19 in December, which he cited as the basis for his medical exemption request.

Meanwhile, reports and social media posts have shown that Djokovic traveled from his home country of Serbia to Spain in the two weeks prior to his arrival in Australia, contradicting a declaration on immigration documents that he hadn't traveled the previous 14 days.

In his statement on Wednesday, Djokovic blamed his agent for "ticking the incorrect box" regarding his previous travel.

"On the issue of my travel declaration, this was submitted by my support team on my behalf — as I told immigration officials on my arrival — and my agent sincerely apologizes for the administrative mistake in ticking the incorrect box about my previous travel before coming to Australia. This was a human error and certainly not deliberate.

"We are living in challenging times in a global pandemic and sometimes these mistakes can occur."

Djokovic faces deportation as Australia again revokes his visa

  Djokovic faces deportation as Australia again revokes his visa Top-ranked men's tennis star Novak Djokovic is again facing deportation after Australia revoked his visa for a second time on "health and good order grounds" and on the basis of it being in the "public interest" - just days away before the start of the Australian Open."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," Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said in a statement on Friday.

Per Reuters, providing false or misleading information on an immigration declaration is an offense carrying a maximum of 12 months in prison and can lead to the cancelation of one's visa.

Djokovic also admitted to giving an in-person interview and sitting for a photoshoot with French media on Dec. 18 while he knew he was infected with COVID-19.

“I was asymptomatic and felt good, and I had not received the notification of a positive PCR test result until after that event,” Djokovic wrote, referencing a tennis event in Belgrade. “The next day, on 18 December, I was at my tennis center in Belgrade to fulfill a long-standing commitment for a L’Equipe interview and photoshoot. I canceled all other events except for the L’Equipe interview.

“I felt obliged to go ahead and conduct the L’Equipe interview as I didn’t want to let the journalist down, but did ensure I socially distanced and wore a mask except when my photograph was being taken.

“While I went home after the interview to isolate for the required period, on reflection, this was an error of judgment and I accept that I should have rescheduled this commitment.”

L’Equipe reported that reporter Franck Ramella and photographer Etienne Garnier were not told before meeting with Djokovic that he was infected with COVID-19.

Djokovic is the world's No. 1 ranked player and a nine-time Australian Open champion. He's tied with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer with the most career men's grand slams victories at 20.

Novak Djokovic was granted medical exemption after testing positive for Covid-19 in December, court documents show .
Novak Djokovic was granted a medical exemption to compete in the Australian Open as he had recently recovered from Covid-19, court documents published on Saturday by Australia's Federal Circuit show.Novak Djokovic was granted a medical exemption to compete in the Australian Open as he had recently recovered from Covid-19, court documents published on Saturday by Australia's Federal Circuit show.

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