The Australian authorities of Friday cancelled Novak Djokovic’s visa for a second time, saying the world tennis No 1, unvaccinated for Covid-19, might pose a threat to the group.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used discretionary powers to once more cancel Djokovic’s visa, after a courtroom quashed an earlier revocation and launched him from immigration detention on Monday.
“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 mentioned in a press release.
The cancellation means Djokovic could be barred from a brand new Australian visa for 3 years, besides underneath sure circumstances.
Earlier, Australia vowed to implement its Covid-19 vaccine border guidelines “rigorously”.
The Serbian world primary practised on the Australian Open courts within the morning for his try and safe a 10th title on the event, which begins in three days.
Victory within the competitors, wherein he’s the highest seed, would have delivered a document 21st Grand Slam. Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s authorities has come underneath hearth for not deciding sooner on whether or not to eject the 34-year-old tennis ace, an avowed vaccine sceptic.
Djokovic’s authorized staff had scored a win on Monday by quashing the cancellation of his visa by Melbourne airport border management over his Covid-19 vaccination standing.
Since then, Hawke has threatened to make use of his personal powers to tear up Djokovic’s visa a second time.
Hawke’s spokesman mentioned mid-week that “lengthy further submissions” from Djokovic’s authorized staff had delayed a choice.
Djokovic’s authorized staff was “expected” to file an injunction in opposition to deportation, the newspaper mentioned with out citing a supply.