Serbian Tennis player, Novak Djokovic was denied entry into Australia and his visa was revoked regarding the controversy surrounding his vaccination status.
The 34-year-old Djokovic was expected to participate at this year’s Australian Open after he was exempted from vaccination rules. According to BBC News, it is mandatory for all players and staff at the tournament to be vaccinated or have an exemption granted by an expert independent panel.
However, when the world number landed in Melbourne he was denied access and held in the airport for several hours before border officials indicated that he had not met entry rules.
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that Djokovic’s visa has been cancelled indicating that no one is above the rules.
“Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our borders. No one is above these rules. Our strong border policies have been critical to Australia having one of the lowest death rates in the world from COVID, we are continuing to be vigilant,” Morrison said.
Several tweets also state that Djokovic’s father Srdjan Djokovic told a Serbian media outlet his son had been separated from his team overnight and taken to a room where he remained under armed guard.
Meanwhile, Djokovic is currently at a government detention hotel after the court will only decide on Monday, January 10 if he should be deported. e of the world’s strictest restrictions and some still cannot travel between states or internationally, News 24 reports.