Australia cancels Novak Djokovic’s entry visa

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Djokovic, the world’s number one in men’s tennis, has not publicly disclosed his vaccination status-but at a press conference on Thursday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated that he “has no valid medical exemption. “To meet the vaccination requirements. All arrived.

“Entry with a visa requires dual vaccinations or medical exemptions,” Morrison said. “I was told that there was no such exemption, so he followed the same rules as everyone else.”

“There are a lot of visas granted. If you have a visa and you are vaccinated with double vaccinations, then you are very welcome to come here,” he added. “But if you have not received the dual vaccine, and you are not an Australian resident or citizen, then you cannot come.”

The 34-year-old man said in a joint statement between the race organizer and the Victorian Department of Health that he had gone to Melbourne to participate in the race after receiving a medical exemption, but he was blocked at the border and was told that he did not comply with the required immigration rules.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Thursday that whether to appeal the decision depends on Djokovic-“But if the visa is cancelled, someone will have to leave the country.”

Djokovic’s legal team seeks to issue an emergency injunction against the Australian Border Force’s decision to revoke his visa. According to Reuters and public broadcaster ABC, the country’s federal court has postponed the decision on whether he will be allowed to stay in Australia or be deported until Monday.

According to ABC, Djokovic will spend the night in Australia as the injunction passes the court.

On Thursday, Djokovic’s supporters gathered outside the Melbourne Park Hotel. He was allegedly transferred after being detained at the airport, according to CNN affiliates Seven Networks and Nine News. The hotel was previously used as a Covid-19 isolation hotel for returning travelers, but now it operates as a detention facility for asylum seekers and refugees.

Djokovic had previously expressed his opposition to mandatory Covid-19 vaccination, saying that he personally “opposes vaccination” in a Facebook live chat. He was infected with the virus in June 2020, but there have been no reports of his re-infection since then.

At the time of the controversy, Australia is facing an increasingly serious epidemic, with a record number of new cases reported every day for several days.

Event organizers said earlier that the Serb is working hard to break the record of most men’s grand slam singles titles, and he has received a medical exemption to participate in this famous tennis tournament.

When Djokovic went to Melbourne on Wednesday, the exemption was disputed.

According to the Australian news media Times and the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Border Force (ABF) contacted the Victorian government after learning that there was a problem with the visa submitted by Djokovic’s team on the way to the country.

In the Australian Open dispute, Novak Djokovic got into visa confusion when he arrived in Melbourne

ABF confirmed in a statement that the 34-year-old player’s visa was revoked for failing to provide proper entry evidence.

The statement read: “The Australian Border Force will continue to ensure that those arriving at our border comply with our laws and entry requirements.”

After the decision was confirmed, Morrison said on Twitter that Djokovic and everyone abide by the same rules. “The rules are the rules, especially on our borders. No one can override these rules. Our strong border policy is vital to Australia being one of the countries with the lowest death rate from the new coronavirus in the world, and we will continue to maintain it. alert,” He wrote.

Players are told that they must be fully vaccinated to participate in the game or receive a medical exemption granted by an independent expert panel.

The vaccine exemption has sparked strong opposition in Australia.

Victorian Deputy Liberal Party Leader David Southwick (David Southwick) Called decision Allowing Djokovic to participate in this year’s competition is “a shame”, describing it as “the guts of every Victorian who endured months of lockdown and suffered personal setbacks during the pandemic”.
On February 21, 2021, Djokovic celebrated winning the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

As the situation unfolded, Djokovic’s father, Srjan Djokovic, told Serbian Radio that his son was “captured” by Australian officials after the visa application was confused.

He told Serbian radio station B92 that his son was locked in a room that no one could enter. There were two policemen in front of the room.

According to the B92 report, Srjan Djokovic said in a statement to the Russian news agency Sputnik: “I don’t know what happened. They imprisoned my son for five hours.” “This is for freedom.” Fighting for the world of activists is not just fighting for Novak, but for the whole world! If they don’t let him go within half an hour, we will gather on the street. This is a fight for everyone .”

Since the comments were made, there have been no reports of gatherings outside Belgrade or Melbourne Airport.

Earlier Wednesday, Djokovic’s coach, Goran Ivanisevic, posted a photo on social media from Melbourne, Australia, where Djokovic was reportedly detained. Airport, with a text saying: “This is not the most common trip to Australia.”

The Australian Open will be held from January 17th to 30th.

Organizers say that two groups have reviewed applications for exemption

Djokovic expressed his opposition to the mandatory Covid-19 vaccine.
Australia’s vaccine regulations are not “extortion” Djokovic says Victoria’s Minister of Sports
According to Reuters, he said in a live chat on Facebook: “Personally, I am opposed to vaccination. I don’t want someone to force me to be vaccinated to travel.”
But in May of last year, Djokovic said that vaccination is a matter of personal choice: “I will decide whether or not to vaccinate. This is a private decision. I don’t want to enter this game of affinity against vaccines. Unfortunately, The media is creating this kind of game these days.”

The Australian Open organizers said in a statement on Tuesday that Djokovic’s exemption was “after a rigorous review process involving two independent teams of independent medical experts”.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Australian Tennis Association chief executive Craig Terry defended the fairness of the medical exemption review process. He told reporters, “No one knows who the applicant is.”

Call for boycott

In Melbourne, one of the most severely blocked cities in the world in 2021, tennis fans posted calls on social media to “boycott the Australian Open.”

Residents in Melbourne were confined to spend more than 260 days at home. Except for groceries or other necessities, most of the time was in the two long periods of July to October 2020 and August to October 2021. , Was forbidden to leave.
Due to the increasing severity of the epidemic centered on the eastern states, Australia will begin to see a record number of new Covid-19 cases in 2022.

According to data from the health department, New South Wales, the most populous state, and Melbourne’s home state of Victoria, both announced a record number of daily cases on Saturday.

Waiver conditions

According to the current guidelines of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ATAGI), medical exemptions are granted to individuals with “acute critical illnesses (for example, undergoing major surgery or being admitted to the hospital for serious illness)”.

The other remaining reasons for the medical exemption involve people who have suffered “serious adverse events due to previous Covid-19 vaccination, but other reasons have not been determined” and the process of “vaccinators who pose a risk to themselves or others during vaccination”, “Due to “a potential developmental or mental health disorder.”

Finally, anyone who “confirmed by PCR to be infected with SARS-CoV-2 and vaccination can be postponed to six months” and who has received “anti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibodies or convalescence” can be exempted. Plasma therapy. “

“If he chooses to do this, he will ultimately discuss his condition with the public and the reasons for his exemption,” Terry said.

CNN’s Ben Church, Aleks Klosok, Hannah Ritchie, and Helen Regan contributed reporting to this article. Additional report by Reuters.

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