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If deportation is confirmed, Djokovic could be barred from Australia for 3 years

The world’s number one tennis player, Serbian Novak Djokovic, would be barred from entering Australia for 3 years if the justice of that country rejects the appeal presented after the immigration authorities revoked the visa with which he tried to enter last Wednesday.

The resolution of the case that maintains worldwide attention is expected for the night of Sunday or early morning in Argentina when the player faces in a decisive hearing Judge Anthony Kelly in a court in the state of Victoria.

The Serbian sports daily Blic, citing Australian border sources, reported that “a person whose visa has been revoked may be prohibited for a period of three years from even being issued a temporary visa,” which would prevent the presence of “Nole »In the first Grand Slam of the year until 2025.

Djokovic awaits the judicial ruling to be able to enter Australia, after appealing the cancellation of his visa for not being inoculated against the coronavirus.

Known against the vaccine, he traveled to Melbourne to play the first Grand Slam of the year after obtaining a “medical exemption” for having contracted Covid-19 last December, according to his lawyers in the file.

However, when he landed in the city of the state of Victoria on Wednesday, he was detained by the immigration staff of the Tullamarine International Airport due to a problem with his visa.

Australian Border Force (ABF) agents escorted him to an air station office, where the tennis player was interrogated for 8 hours without access to his cell phone, his defenders denounced.

The incident turned into a diplomatic scandal when Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic accused the Australian authorities of “mistreatment” and “political hunting”.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison clarified that Djokovic did not provide evidence of having the full vaccination or justification for being exempted from it. “The rules are the rules, especially when it comes to our borders. Nobody is above the rules, “he warned.

Since last Thursday, groups of fans have gathered at the Park Hotel in Melbourne to demand the release of the tennis player. The facility, used as a quarantine center for the past year, also houses detainees who were transferred from the islands of Manus and Naur.

There were also demonstrations in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, organized by the tennis player’s family. His father Srdjan Djokovic compared him to Jesus Christ and considered that Novak “is being crucified.”

Djokovic, 34, came to Australia after announcing that he had obtained a sanitary permit to play the Open in search of his 10th title and to break the record of 20 Grand Slams that he now shares with the Swiss Roger Federer and the Spanish Rafael Nadal .

In the past, the number 1 of the ATP ranking made public his opposition to the coronavirus vaccine and repeatedly refused to confirm whether he had been inoculated as an act of personal reserve.

The Australian Open requires that all participants must be vaccinated or have an exemption granted by two independent expert committees.

(Source: Télam)

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