Australian Prime Minister Morrison defends Djokovic visa revocation: rules are rules
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison defends the decision not to allow tennis player Novak Djokovic to enter his country by stating that there will be no exception to the strict entry rules for anyone. “Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our borders. No one is above these rules,” he writes on Twitter. Morrison emphasizes that the strict border policy has ensured that the corona death in Australia is one of the lowest in the world.
Djokovic arrived at Melbourne airport on Wednesday but was refused entry to Australia. “Mr Djokovic failed to provide proper evidence to meet the entry requirements for Australia and his visa was revoked,” authorities said at the airport. The tennis player opposes mandatory vaccination and refuses to say whether he has been vaccinated against the corona virus.
ScottMorrisonMP Scott Morrison Mr Djokovic’s visa has been cancelled. 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. January 5, 2022 @ 21:56
The world number one wants to defend his title at the Australian Open from January 17 and says he had received a medical exemption to travel to Australia. Many Australians who have faced strict lockdowns and corona restrictions in the past year were angry about this. According to Australian Open director Craig Tiley, Djokovic received no special treatment when he applied for a medical exemption.
Djokovic’s lawyers are trying to prevent immediate deportation, and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic is demanding an “immediate end to the harassment against the world’s best tennis player.”
Premier Scott Morrison of Australia. Photo by Lukas Coch / EPA
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In this blog, NRC will report on the most important developments in the corona crisis on Thursday 6 January. RIVM registered a record number of 24,590 positive tests on Wednesday. Ajax also had to stop the training camp in Portugal because of positive test results in the group of players and staff.
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