An Australian court will examine on Monday the appeal presented by the lawyers of Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic after the revocation of his visa to enter the country with a medical exemption that allowed him to participate in the Australian Open, reported the public broadcaster ABC.
After a quick preliminary hearing, Judge Anthony Kelly, of a Melbourne court, ordered both parties to deliver their arguments over the weekend, which will be analyzed on Monday from 10 in the morning.
Djokovic will not be deported until the matter is addressed in court and will remain, for the time being, housed in a hotel from the city without being able to leave the building.
The current Australian Open champion, who refuses to declare whether he has been vaccinated against covid-19, had received a medical exemption to enter the country, But the commotion caused by this measure made the authorities back down and ended up canceling the athlete’s visa yesterday.
The Serbian, who arrived in Australia on Wednesday night, was transferred this morning to the Park Hotel in the city of Melbourne, which also houses a group of asylum seekers who have been detained by immigration authorities, after he was interviewed. for more than eight hours by the border authorities for not complying with the requirements imposed by the covid-19.
The Australian Border Force confirmed in a statement the revocation of the visa to Djokovic, known for opposing the mandatory immunization against covid-19, arguing that “citizens who do not have a valid visa upon entry or who have had their visa canceled will be detained and expelled from Australia “.
“There are no special cases. The rules are the rules,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said today. explaining at a press conference in Canberra that travelers entering Australia are required to have the full schedule of the covid-19 vaccine or a medical exemption.
The vaccine is mandatory to enter Australia, but there are temporary exemptions for people who have “a serious medical condition”, who cannot be vaccinated because they have contracted COVID-19 in the previous six months or have had an adverse reaction to the drug, Between other reasons.