The huge backlash over a vaccine exemption has made authorities to revoke the visa of World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic, which stops him from entering Australia on his arrival in Melbourne.
The Serbian tennis star was held in the airport for several hours before border officials announced he had not met entry rules.
Djokovic was later taken to a government detention hotel after which court will decide on his deportation on Monday.
So far, Djokovic who claimed last year he was “opposed to vaccination” has not spoken about his vaccination status.
This development has occurred despite the confirmation from tournament organisers that Djokovic’s medical exemption had been granted by two independent medical panels organised by Tennis Australia and Victoria state.
The row of the professional tennis player has been taken seriously since the increase in Covid-19 cases, in the country where over 90% of those over 16 are fully vaccinated.
Border officials have made comments concerning the issue on Thursday, they said the Nine-time Australian Open champion had “failed to provide appropriate evidence” for entry after arriving from Dubai.
The Australian Border Force (ABF) in a statement said:
“Non-citizens who do not hold a valid visa on entry or who have had their visa cancelled will be detained and removed from Australia.”