Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke finally made the decision to cancel the visa of Novak Djokovic, the best tennis player in the world, who may be barred from entering that country for the next three years. The athlete’s lawyers will appeal the measure, which must find a very prompt resolution of justice, since this Monday the Australian Open will begin, in which the Serbian was preparing to defend the crown.
The determination of the official, who has the personal power to revoke the stay of a visitor, took place almost at 6 p.m. local time, on a Friday, so there is hardly more time than the weekend for there to be a resolution final conflict before the tournament. Ultimately, the organization of the contest can locate the debut of Djokovic on Tuesday, the last day of the first round.
There was a lot of pressure on Hawke, both from the press to make an early determination and advance the situation that was already wearing down Australia’s international image, and from the political opposition to expel the tennis player, who had entered the country. wielding a medical exception given its absence of vaccination against the coronavirus.
A poll cited by the newspaper Herald Sun, from Melbourne, affirms that 84% of the total of those consulted wanted Djokovic to be deported from Australia.
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