Jan 20, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Australia cancels Djokovic visa again


The Australian government canceled Novak Djokovic’s visa for the second time on Friday in an attempt to deport the tennis superstar after he was diagnosed without a Covid-19 Vaccine arrived in the country.

Immigration Secretary Alex Hawke said he acted on “Public Health and Public Order reasons on the basis that it was in the public interest”.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government “is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Hawke said in a statement.

The cancellation effectively means that Djokovic would be banned from a new Australian visa for three years, except under certain circumstances.

The visa decision sparked the Serbian world number one’s dream of a 10th Australian Open title and a 21st Grand Slam record at risk.

Djokovic is the tournament’s top seed and had practiced on the courts at Melbourne Park a few hours earlier.

The megastar flew into Melbourne ai a report on January 5th, which requested a vaccine exemption on December 16th due to a positive PCR test result.


‘All fools’

Border officials refused his release, tore up his visa and detained him in a notorious Melbourne detention center, where he spent four nights.

The Australian government insists a recent infection does not count as an exemption from vaccination for foreigners trying to enter the country.

Djokovic A high-profile legal team dramatically overturned the visa decision because border officials on airport had not given him the agreed deadline for a response.

The visa fight with Djokovic is politically charged in Australia, which has lasted nearly two years with some of the toughest coronavirus restrictions in the world.


By May, general an election to be called.

Some tennis players say Djokovic should be allowed to play now, but not all have supported it.

World number four Stefanos Tsitsipas criticized his behavior.

“Of course he played by his own rules,” Tsitsipas said in an interview with Indian broadcaster WION.

Almost everyone at the Australian Open was vaccinated, Tsitsipas said. But others “choose to go their own way, making the majority look like they’re all idiots”.


As the Omicron variant by Australia’s population raged, Djokovic’s actions came under closer scrutiny.

The tennis ace called reports of post-infection maskless trips in Serbia “misinformation” in an Instagram post on Wednesday.


On the day of after his claimed positive test in Serbia, he attended a ceremony to honor him with stamps bearing his picture. The following day he competed in a youth tennis event. He appeared at both without a mask.

Djokovic said he only received the PCR test result after he went to the children’s tennis event on December 17.

But he admitted admitted that he had also gone ahead with an interview with French sports daily L’Equipe on December 18.

“Having thought about it, this was a misjudgment and I accept that I would have that commitment should be postponed,” said Djokovic.


The journalist who conducted the L’Equipe interview, Franck Ramella, said he was not aware at the time of the interview that Djokovic was Covid-positive.


The tennis star also admitted a mistake on his Australian travel statement, which ticked a box indicating he had not or would not travel in the 14 days prior to his flight to Melbourne.

In fact, social media posts and reports show him flew from Serbia to Spain during this time.

Djokovic m keep his support team responsible for it. “My agent sincerely apologizes for the administrative error of ticking the wrong box,” he said.

Given the increase in Covid-related hospital admissions in Melbourne, the Victoria state government announced on Thursday that the Limit capacity at the Australian Open to 50 percent.