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Djokovic fights deportation after Australia cancels visa

Tennis leader Novak Djokovic won a temporary grace when he was deported from Australia on Thursday, but will spend the night in an immigration detention center to fight for him to stay in Australia. ..

Serbs skeptical of the vaccine were detained when they arrived at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport because they were unable to “provide adequate evidence” for double vaccination or medical exemption.

Djokovic jumped into Melbourne on Wednesday hoping to defend the Australian Open crown and bid for the unprecedented 21st Grand Slam title, despite Australia’s strict Covid restrictions.

Instead of welcoming the conquered champion, he was asked questions at the airport overnight, then his visa was revoked and he was transferred to an immigration detention center in Melbourne.

After an emergency court appeal, the judge ordered that the controversial star not be deported by Monday, when the final hearing takes place.

-From court to court-

For months there was speculation about whether Djokovic would play in the tournament from January 17th to 30th.

Then, prior to his arrival, Djokovic of delight boasted on Instagram that he had an unexpected medical exemption to play.

The 34-year-old refused to reveal the status of the vaccine, but had previously expressed opposition to being jabed. He has been infected with Covid at least once.

In a widespread protest against Djokovic’s apparent treatment of stars, conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, “Rules are rules, nothing special.”

Australians have been unable to travel or welcome families from abroad for the past two years.

Former Australian Medical Association Vice President Stephen Parnis said the tax exemption sent a “horrifying message” to those trying to stop the Covid-19 epidemic.

The country has recorded more than 60,000 cases in the last 24 hours after becoming covid-free for most of the pandemics.

-Djokovic, justice and truth-

However, the treatment of the Serbs on arrival caused anger among his fans and a fierce verbal rebuke from the Serbian president.

After talking to Djokovic on the phone, President Alexander Vucci said, “The whole of Serbia is with him … our authorities are taking every step to end the abuse of the best tennis players in the world as soon as possible. We are taking steps. “

“In line with all the standards of international public law, Serbia will fight for Novak Djokovic, justice and truth.”

Sanja, a 35-year-old Serbian and Australian fan, was looking forward to seeing him play in Melbourne.

“He experienced a civil war to play tennis. He hasn’t done anything wrong with the world,” she said.

On his side, Rafael Nadal, who is sticking to record 20 Grand Slam victories like Djokovic and Federer, said his rivals must face the consequences of not being vaccinated.

“He made his own decision, and everyone is free to make their own decision, but then there are some consequences,” said the Spaniards.

-‘No special benefits’-

Djokovic is believed to be detained at a park hotel, which the Australian Government calls an “alternative detention site.”

As the news of Djokovic’s arrival spread, supporters of the Serbian flag, anti-vaccine activists, refugee advocates, and police landed in an already controversial facility.

Supporter Gordana said she was there to show support and “make Djokovic free to play.”

Currently, about 32 refugees and seekers are being held at the Park Hotel after being brought in for treatment from an offshore detention facility.

Detainees cannot leave the hotel and no one except the staff can enter or leave the hotel.

Last year, a fire in the building forced refugees and asylum seekers to evacuate, and maggots were found in food, and the facility was notorious.

Twenty-one men were reportedly infected with Covid in October at a facility that was a place of regular protest.

Detainee Mehdi Ali told AFP that Djokovic was his favorite tennis player and was saddened by the possibility of a star being held there.

“The media talks more about us, which is very sad, probably just because Djokovic has been here for a few days,” he said.

Australian leaders have begun to point their fingers at the saga because they are wary of public opinion and have Covid’s problems prior to the election.

Australian immigration lawyer John Finndry said visa revocation was suspicious and seemed to come from a “heap from social media.”

“If they see that he has provided false information, he must have the opportunity to answer it,” he said.

Experts said the indictment could ban another Australian visa application for three years.

Even if Djokovic wins the challenge 10 days before the tournament begins, it’s not clear if he can play.

Judge Anthony Kelly warned that justice would move at its own pace and through all the necessary complaints. “Here the tail wouldn’t tag the dog,” he said.

Tournament organizers also face difficult questions.

Craig Tiley, CEO of Tennis Australia, said Djokovic had no special treatment and only 26 of the approximately 3,000 players and support staff traveling to Australia for the tournament applied for the vaccine exemption. Only a handful have succeeded.

Those individuals also now appear ready to face additional scrutiny.



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