TENNIS star Novak Djokovic has been banned from entering Australia because he cannot explain why he was not vaccinated, the government confirmed.
Anti-vax world number 1 caused major controversy after he was given a vaccination exemption to compete in the Australian Open.
But his visa has been sensationally revoked after a six-hour stopover at Melbourne Airport and a major U-turn by the Australian authorities.
The country’s Home Secretary Karen Andrews has now revealed Serbian sportsman did not provide a complete reason why he was not injured.
She told Channel Nine’s Today Show: “Anyone entering Australia must meet entry requirements including medical proof of vaccinations or rotation for medical reasons for which the individual cannot be admitted. vaccination.
“So specifically he [Djokovic] did not meet the medical reasons why he could not be vaccinated. “
34 years old already exempted from competition despite his unvaccinated status – before it was significantly canceled.
When the athlete attempted to enter Aussie territory, he was asked by Border Patrol into an extra room after the visa “flaw” was revealed.
Tennis player Srdjan’s angry father urges people to “take to the streets” to protest my son’s entrance is blocked.
Djokovic, seeking to win a record 21st Grand Slam title, was stripped of his phone and confined to his room alone, with armed police patrolling outside.
Even Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic joined in, eventually reaching out to Djokovic to offer his support and support and summoning Australia’s ambassador to the country for a change of clothes.
Ms Andrews addressed continued “conversation” about visas, but said “it’s not, to my knowledge, the issue that is the entry requirement.”
“Border Force has been very clear that he is unable to meet the evidence requirements required to enter Australia,” she added.
She echoed comments by Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt, who said Djokovic had failed to put in place “appropriate standards of proof” to enter the country.
The Minister also explained that the Australian Border Force is ready to let passengers arrive Down Under despite not meeting the entry requirements.
Emerging is that Tennis Australia has exempted two other players, who does not meet the strict rules of Boorder Force.
Border Force has been very clear that he is unable to meet the evidence requirements needed to enter Australia.
Ms Andrews continued: “The Australian Border Force is investigating this. “They have been in for at least the last 24 hours to my knowledge.
“I’ll be briefed on that maybe today but maybe later. The Border Force will actually complete its investigations and then I’ll be briefed. “
Compatriot sportsman and fierce rival Rafael Nadal slammed Djokovic’s stance, said he should respect the “suffering” people have endured during the pandemic.
“I mean, people in Australia are very upset with this because they have had to go through a lot of very hard lockdowns and a lot of people have not been able to return home,” he said.
“The only clear thing is that if you get vaccinated you can play at the Australian Open and everywhere, and the world in my opinion has suffered enough not to follow the rules.”
It happened after Djokovic’s mother announced her son had trapped in a filthy hotel “full of fleas and maggots” in Melbourne.
She considers the move a “political attack so that he doesn’t become the all-time great.”
The 20-time Grand Slam champion was taken to his room at the Park Hotel in Carlton – a notorious immigration detention facility – from the airport after landing from Dubai, guarded by armed police.
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