Tennis World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is in danger of being deported from Australia after failing to meet the requirements for an exemption to COVID-19 vaccination rules.
Djokovic’s vaccination saga took an ugly turn after he landed in Australia late Wednesday. This is after he said the previous day that he had an “exemption permission”. However, that lasted until he reached the border of the country.
The authorities did not accept the exemption, stating that the Serbian failed to meet entry requirements. They checked his medical exception and made the call that it didn’t hold up.
As a result, Djokovic is in danger of being deported from Australia due to his vaccination problems.
As quoted by TIME, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, “The rule is very clear.
“You need to have a medical exemption. He didn’t have a valid medical exemption. We make the call at the border, and that’s where it’s enforced.
“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.”
Fall in line or leave
“One of the things the Border Force does is they act on intelligence to direct their attention to potential arrivals,” he continued.
“When you get people making public statements about what they say they have, and they’re going to do, they draw significant attention to themselves.
“Whether they’re a celebrity, a politician, a tennis player . . . they can expect to be asked questions more than others before you come.”
Health Minister Greg Hunt commented on the incident, saying that the visa cancellation for the 20-time Grand Slam winner was by the book, and was done looking “at the integrity and the evidence behind it.”
“But if a visa is cancelled, somebody will have to leave the country,” he said.