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Australia revokes Novak Djokovic's visa for a second time

DW, 14 Jan 2022
The Australian government on Friday cancelled Novak Djokovic's visa for a second time, saying the Serbian tennis star may pose a risk to the community as he was unvaccinated for COVID-19.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used his discretionary power to revoke Djokovic's visa days after a court overturned an earlier cancellation of his visa and ordered his release from immigration detention in Melbourne.

"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," the minister said in a statement.

The government "is firmly committed to protecting Australia's borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic," Hawke said.

Djokovic was first denied entry to Australia last week. He claims to have tested positive for COVID on December 16 and therefore does not need a coronavirus vaccine to enter the country.

What does this mean for Djokovic?
The minister's decision came a day after he was confirmed in the official draw for the Australian Open men's tournament. The tournament is due to start on Monday.

The tennis world number one could now be deported from the country. If that happens, Djokovic would be banned from coming to Australia for three years, except in compelling circumstances that affect Australia's interest.

The nine-time Australian Open champion could appeal the visa cancellation in court once again, as he successfully did after the first cancellation.
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