Novak Djokovic

The Australian authorities canceled the visa of the Serbian tennis player for the second time, but decided not to deport the athlete until the completion of his case

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Australian immigration police have detained Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, whose Australian visa was canceled twice by the authorities informs CNN with reference to the court decision.

ABC previously reported that the athlete will remain at large until a meeting with immigration authorities, which was scheduled for Saturday morning (00:00 Moscow time).

The Federal Court of Australia has postponed a new appeal by Djokovic, which challenged the decision to re-annul his visa, to Sunday, January 16. Before the hearing, the tennis player will stay in a hotel for migrants.

Djokovic was placed in an immigration hotel where refugees are staying after the tennis player flew to Australia on the night of January 6. The country’s authorities believe that he failed to provide sufficient justification for a medical exemption from vaccination against coronavirus. The Serb was supposed to be deported, but his lawyers filed an appeal in federal court against the decision to annul the visa.

Serbia answers questions about authenticity of Djokovic test for COVID

On January 10, the court lifted the ban on Djokovic’s entry into Australia, but four days later, the country’s Minister of Immigration, Alex Hawke, canceled the athlete’s visa for the second time. After the visa was canceled again, the district court ruled that Djokovic would not be deported until the end of the trial, his case was transferred to the federal court of Australia.

The Serbian Ministry of Health says that Djokovic had previously been ill with coronavirus, and the certificate of a positive test, which the tennis player presented as a basis for entering Australia without vaccination, is genuine.

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