A government lawyer said Djokovic would not be arrested on Saturday morning before interviewing immigration officials and would not be expelled until his case was heard.
Australia will delay efforts to expel Novak Djokovic, a top male tennis player, until the end of his renewed term.
At an emergency hearing on Friday, government lawyer Stephen Lloyd told a judge that Australia would not arrest Djokovic before an interview with immigration officials on Saturday morning and that he would not be expelled before his case was heard.
Earlier on Friday, the Australian government revoked the tennis player visa for the second time which left the Serb facing deportation.
Djokovic said that without the COVID-19 vaccine, it could be a risk to the community.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke exercised discretionary powers a the court overturned a previous revocation and was released on Monday from immigration detention.
“Today, I have exercised my power under Article 133C (3) of the Migration Act to revoke his visa due to his health and order and to revoke his visa on the grounds that it is in the public interest,” Hawke said. statement earlier on Friday.
The government is “firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, especially with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic”.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed Djokovic in anticipation of his exile, saying Australia had achieved one of the lowest pandemic death rates in the world, one of the strongest economies and the highest vaccination rate due to strict anti-virus policies.
“Australians have made a lot of sacrifices in this pandemic and they reasonably hope to protect the outcome of those sacrifices,” Morrison said in a statement. “This is what the minister is doing today in this action.”
Djokovic’s exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine to compete was approved by the Victoria state government and the organizers of the Tennis Australia tournament. This apparently allowed him to receive a travel visa.
But the Australian Border Forces rejected the exception and canceled his visa when he arrived in Melbourne.
He spent four nights in custody at the hotel on Monday before the judge overturned that decision.
Cancel #Djokovic‘s visa again reveals the Kafkaesque nature of the Australian immigration regime.
The minister says it is in the “public interest” when it properly fulfills its political purpose.
Meanwhile, 32 refugees and asylum seekers remain detained at the Park Hotel. pic.twitter.com/FPraAsWf99
– Elaine Pearson (@PearsonElaine) January 14, 2022
On Thursday, Djokovic joined Official Australian Open draw despite uncertainty about the status of his visa.
Djokovic too he admitted to knowing He tested positive for COVID-19 last month in a newspaper interview at his tennis center in Serbia and took part in a photo shoot, admitting that he had made a “misjudgment” and that he should be isolated immediately.
Her decision to travel to Melbourne to defend her Australian Open title sparked criticism on social media and criticism from other sports players, medical professionals and politicians.
Organizers of the Australian Open said Djokovic had sought a medical exemption “which was granted after a rigorous review process involving two independent teams of medical experts”.
However, after the announcement, former Australian Rules player Kevin Bartlett tweeted that the Australians were “considered stupid”.
Another former player, Corey McKernan, tweeted: “Those who are dying loved ones / some who need urgent treatment can’t get into their situation. You tell people they can’t go to Coles or a cafe without having to, but you’re number one in the world will you get a pass?
Many Australians, and especially those from Melbourne who are hosting the tournament, have suffered some lengthy blockages in the last two years.