Australian Open may have given controversy Okay to unvaccinated tennis star Novak Djokovic, but Australia’s Victoria state government has not been so accommodating.
Djokovic, a 20-time Grand Slam winner who received a medical exemption that would allow him to compete in the Grand Slam tournament later this month, was turned away at Melbourne airport late last night due to a complication of Visa.
Australian news organizations are report that Djokovic applied for a type of visa that does not allow medical exemptions for non-vaccination, resulting in visa denial at this time.
According to Melbourne Age, government sources believe Djokovic is attempting to claim a COVID infection in the past six months for the exemption, which is allowed in the Australian Open exemption rules, but may not be enough for international entry.
The Federal Australian Border Force can reverse the Victorian government’s visa denial if they wish, but given the national backlash against Djokovic’s medical exemption, it is not clear whether he will choose to go from there. before with this process.
Testimonies from Victoria state government officials suggest border forces could support Djokovic’s entry, although an ABF spokesperson said in a statement he made no request. like that in the Victoria government.
âABF did not seek support from the Victorian government for a visa. ABF reached [out] to the Victorian government to validate their public statements about their support for her entry, and whether Victoria had any further information regarding her medical exemption documentation.
If Djokovic is allowed in, all eyes will be on the Australian Open in the last two weeks of January (in all likelihood, the majority of observers are desperately hoping for Djokovic’s ass to be handed over to him).
The Australian Open kicks off on January 17th.
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