Australia Cancels Novak Djokovic’s Visa Again

Novak Djokovic’s visa was canceled a second time after Australia’s immigration minister exercised his powers to reverse a court decision on Monday that temporarily allowed the Serbian athlete to avoid deportation.

“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 said in a statement.

“In making this decision, I carefully considered information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border Force and Mr. Djokovic. The Morrison Government is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Djokovic’s visa was revoked upon his arrival in Melbourne for the Australia Open due to him being unvaccinated, but the champion said that he had a medical exemption from being infected with COVID-19 in December.

Judge Anthony Kelly had quashed the athlete’s visa cancellation in a hearing on Monday, saying Djokovic was not given enough time to respond to officials.

It is unclear whether Australia will deport Djokovic as the immigration minister’s decision can still be challenged by the athlete’s legal team.

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