The Novak Djokovic’s Visa drama continues. It has taken a new turn, when the Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke using his discretionary powers has cancelled Novak Djokovic’s visa for the second time. This is after a court quashed an earlier revocation and released Novak from immigration detention on Monday.
The reason being stated by the officials said that the world tennis No. 1, who landed in Australia for participating in Australian Open, may pose a risk to the community as he is unvaccinated for COVID-19.
In view the cancellation, Novak will be barred for three years from a new Australian visa, however, exemption maybe given under certain circumstances.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s official statement stated, “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.”
Further he added, “In making this decision, I carefully considered information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border Force and Mr Djokovic.”
According to an online poll conducted by the News Corp media group, 83 percent favoured deportation of the tennis star. In addition, the tennis No 1 has been considerable heavy criticism for his actions, which also includes from other tennis players. Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas criticized Noval by saying that he was “playing by his own rules” and making vaccinated players “look like fools.”