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Australian government cancels visa for ‘vaccinated tennis player’ Djokovic again

The Australian government has once again canceled the entry visa for world No. 1 male tennis player Novak Djokovic, who entered the tournament without being vaccinated against COVID-19.

According to court documents obtained by AFP, Djokovic, a Serbian player, was re-detained in a quarantine facility in Melbourne on the 15th as the Australian government canceled his visa on the 14th local time.

Djokovic’s entry visa was first canceled when he arrived at Melbourne International Airport on the night of the 5th, and as a result, Djokovic was detained for the first time.

As a result, Djokovic took legal action against the cancellation of his first visa, and was released from custody after winning a ruling from the Australian Federal Court on the 10th.

However, the Australian government canceled the visa again on the 14th by the Minister of Immigration and Immigration, and Djokovic immediately appealed and an emergency hearing in the court was held that night. A federal court will render a final ruling on the afternoon of the 16th, and Djokovic will be detained again in the facility until the results are out.

The Australian Open, which Djokovic wants to play, starts on the 17th, and the Australian court plans to hold a last-minute hearing until the 16th, the day before the opening.

Djokovic said he did not receive the necessary vaccines to enter Australia, but claimed he had been notified by the Victorian government that he had tested positive and would be eligible for a vaccination exemption. Although he had visited other countries in the past two weeks, he answered ‘no’ on the entry form, causing controversy over false declarations.

[사진 출처 : 멜버른AFP=연합뉴스]

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