Australia’s immigration minister said his visa was canceled because Djokovic poses health risks and could fuel anti-vaccine sentiment.

  • Immigration Minister Alex Hawk said Novak Djokovic poses a “health risk” to Australia.
  • After revoking his visa, Hawke said the tennis star could have fueled anti-vaccine sentiment.
  • Hawk added that Djokovic’s camp had sent several medical studies to claim medical exemptions.

Australia’s Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said in an immigration decision on Friday that it had canceled Novak Djokovic’s visa because the tennis star could pose a health risk and wipe out anti-box groups in Australia.

Djokovic’s visa was again canceled by Australian immigration authorities on Friday, raising questions about whether he will be able to compete at the Australian Open, which starts on Monday 17 January.

Hawke issued a statement on Friday announcing his decision.

“Today I exercised my powers under section 133C(3) of the Immigration Act on the grounds that it was in the public interest to revoke Mr. Novak Djokovic’s visa on the basis of health and order,” Hawkes said. the statement said.

In court papers, Hawke detailed why Djokovic’s visa was revoked despite his best efforts to claim a medical waiver.

“Mr. Djokovic provided me with a significant amount of journal articles, medical research and medical evidence,” said Hawke.

He claimed that Djokovic had contracted COVID-19 and that he had “a negligible threat to infect others” and recently argued that the disease could lead to more serious vaccine side effects.

“I didn’t find or read the actual medical data that Djokovic gave me,” Hawk wrote.

“I think Djokovic’s presence could pose a health risk to Australian society in that it could foster anti-vaccination sentiment,” Hawke said.

Hawk did not immediately say whether Djokovic would be deported or how long the player would be barred from entry.

The announcement and filing follow Hawk’s investigation of Djokovic providing false information to border officials when he was trying to enter Australia.

Djokovic’s first visa was canceled when he arrived in Australia on 6 January. Australian border officials said he did not “provide adequate evidence” to prove he was exempt from the vaccine. Hawke said in a document that Djokovic “had an apparent disregard for quarantine” after testing positive for COVID-19 in mid-December.

Djokovic has not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

On Monday, a district court overturned a decision that Djokovic’s visa cancellation was effectively overturned on Friday.

The player’s legal team will appeal the decision, hoping the player will be able to defend their title in the tournament starting on Monday. At the time of publication, Djokovic is still included in the tournament schedule.

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