The Novak Djokovic saga continues. Early in the morning Moscow time, the court overturned the decision to annul the visa, but the Immigration Department may again cancel it, although Minister Alex Hawke never did so. The reports of the repeated detention of the tennis player have not yet been confirmed.
Australian Monday began with Judge Anthony Kelly, after several hours of hearings, overturning a government decision to revoke Novak Djokovic ‘s visa . It seemed that the saga was over – the tennis player would go to the courts, start training and, out of spite, win the tenth trophy at the Australian Open. Local Serbs held a real celebration outside the courthouse, at the hotel where Djokovic was all this time, as well as at the office of a legal office that helps the Serb with all issues.
However, it turned out that it was too early to celebrate. The Ministry of Immigration and personally its head Alex Hawke, according to Australian media reports, intend to cancel the athlete’s visa – they have such a legal right under Australian law. The decision has not yet been made, although the journalists expected to be announced on Monday.
It is important to note that Judge Kelly overturned the decision not because he recognized Novak Djokovic’s medical office as legal and confirmed his right to enter Australia unvaccinated. It was just that there were violations during the procedure for canceling his visa. In particular, he was not given sufficient time to provide reasons for a medical challenge. According to the transcript published by The Age, they promised to give him time to contact Tennis Australia and their lawyers, but they missed the deadline and announced the cancellation of the visa 50 minutes early.
In other words, the medical exception for Novak Djokovic is still pending.
Meanwhile, immediately after the announcement of the judge’s verdict, the tennis player’s father Srdjan Djokovic told the journalist Ksenia Pavlovich that his son was detained again.
And then the festive dances of the Serbian diaspora on the streets of Melbourne turned into indignant rallies. The police had to use pepper spray to disperse the crowd.
However, the information about the detention was not confirmed. Djokovic himself is not shown in public, and if he moves, then only in cars with tinted windows. He did not give any comments yet. Everyone is waiting for Alex Hawke to make a decision, which the Minister of Immigration can announce at any time – he, according to The Age, is not limited in terms of time.
The story continues, but perhaps in the near future we will receive answers to some questions, because at 15:00 Moscow time, the Djokovic family promised to give a press conference. Djokovic is likely to join her. There will be a lot of fiery quotes and hopefully it will become clear why after he was diagnosed with coronavirus on December 16, he appeared in public on December 17.
MK-Sport is following the development of events.
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