“The rules are the rules”: Australia cancels Novak Djokovic’s visa | Tennis News

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Authorities said the tennis champion “failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet Australia’s entry requirements.”

Australian authorities have cancelled Novak DjokovicThe country’s border agency announced a visa, stating that the world’s number one tennis player “failed to provide proper evidence” to enter Australia.

Djokovic landed in Melbourne late on Wednesday and said he has won Medical exemption Although he has not been vaccinated against the coronavirus, he can still participate in the upcoming Australian Open.

But in a statement on Thursday, the Australian Border Force (ABF) stated that “Mr Djokovic failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet Australia’s entry requirements and his visa was subsequently cancelled”.

Reuters reported that Djokovic had applied for an injunction to stay in the country.

In a tweet, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that Djokovic’s visa had been cancelled.

“The rules are the rules, especially when it comes to our borders. No one can go beyond these rules. Our strong border policy is vital to Australia being one of the countries with the lowest death rate from the new coronavirus in the world, and we will continue to remain vigilant. “He said.

Australia has adopted strict measures to combat COVID-19, including requiring people entering the country to be fully vaccinated. The government allows the “Medical reasons“.

Many Australians have Vocal anger The unvaccinated players obtained visas to participate in the main games, which prompted Morrison to vowed that if Djokovic did not provide sufficient evidence to support the exemption, he would be deported.

“For Novak Djokovic, there should be no special rules at all. There is nothing,” he said at a news conference on Wednesday.

Serbian President Alexander Vucic expressed support for Djokovic on Wednesday.

“I told Novak that the whole of Serbia is with him, and our bodies are doing everything they can to ensure that the harassment of the best tennis players in the world ends immediately,” Vucic said in a statement.

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