Novak Djokovic can stay in Australia, court docket guidelines


Following hours of deliberations and technical glitches, an Australian choose on Monday quashed the federal government’s determination to cancel Novak’s Djokovic’s visa and ordered him to be freed.

It’s nonetheless unclear whether or not Djokovic will play within the Australian Open, which begins on January 17, as Australia’s immigration minister nonetheless has the facility to cancel his visa. Nonetheless, the Serb tennis star has returned to coaching and made it clear he intends to play.

Here is a recap of Monday’s occasions:

What occurred: Monday’s listening to was to find out whether or not Djokovic might stay in Australia. He had arrived on January 5, solely to have his visa canceled and face short-term detention as a result of he didn’t have a sound medical exemption for the Covid-19 vaccination requirement for all arrivals.

Why: Djokovic was underneath the impression he might enter the nation as a result of he had obtained a medical exemption from the match organizers, which had been granted on the grounds that he had pure immunity after being contaminated with Covid-19 in December, his protection argued.

The federal government’s authorized protection argued the tennis star didn’t present proof why he couldn’t be vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19, including {that a} earlier Covid an infection didn’t equate to a sound medical cause why he couldn’t get the shot.

What the choose mentioned: Justice Anthony Kelly appeared to acknowledge Djokovic’s place, saying he was “agitated” by the burden positioned on the tennis star. However the closing determination to reinstate the visa was as a result of Djokovic had not been given enough discover of his visa cancelation, or sufficient time by the federal government to organize supplies.

Additional controversy: It emerged from Djokovic’s sworn affidavit that he knew he had examined optimistic for Covid-19 on the identical day he was photographed at three occasions, the place not one of the different individuals have been masked. The next day, he was additionally photographed at a youth awards occasion.

Past tennis: Djokovic’s scenario runs a lot deeper than a rejected visa. His dispute coincides with a steep rise in Australia’s Covid-19 instances, that are approaching a pandemic complete of 1 million. For a lot of Australians, recollections of painful border closures and different Covid restrictions stay recent.

It has additionally highlighted the plight of asylum seekers in Australia — with dozens of refugees held inside the identical detention lodge Djokovic stayed in who’ve been locked up for years, and who face indefinite detention underneath the nation’s robust immigration guidelines.

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