Unvaccinated Novak’s visa was revoked for the second time in a row by the Australian government. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke announces the decision in a statement on Friday. But still, this does not mean that Novak will depart from Australia as the decision can be challenged by his legal time. As of now the chances of Novak’s participation in the Australian Open are narrowing sharply. This can put an end to the dream of Novak’s 21st Grand Slam Win.
Why Is Novak’s Visa Revoked ?
The Australian government clearly states that the decision is based upon health and good order grounds. The decision is taken under Section 133C(3) of the Migration act to cancel the visa. Alex Hake says ” in making the decision, I carefully considered information provided to me by the department of the Home Affairs, The Australian Border Force, and Mr. Novak Djokovic. The Morrison Government is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in COVID-19 pandemic”. The second time cancellation has surely gathered the limelight and is a new twist in the controversy. Under current Australian Laws, all international passengers need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 until and unless medical exemption is present.
Novak says that he has received an exemption from two independent panels. Not only this Novak himself accepts that he immediately did not isolate, when he came to know that he is Covid positive on Dec 16. In addition to this, he also apologizes for the false information on his Australia Visa declaration. He also adds that this is just a human error by his staff member. For his public appearances, he claims that he made an error of judgement while attending a photoshoot and an interview with a French sports newspaper.
Will Australia Deport An Unvaccinated Novak ?
Well despite of revoking Novak’s visa twice Australian government has not asked the star player to go back. As asking for deporting means that Novak won’t be able to play in Australia for the next three years. Already there are very bleak chances for Novak to play for the Australian Open Tournament.