Djokovic ordered to leave Australia

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Novak Djokovic has been ordered to leave Australia and will not play at this year’s Australian Open tennis tournament.

The Australian government says his decision not to be vaccinated, mistakes on his application to enter Australia, and the country’s strict Covid rules will have a negative effects on the countries efforts to beat coronavirus.

Djokovic tried to appeal in an Australian court but judges have supported the government’s decision.

What happened?

He was originally given special permission to enter Australia even though he wasn’t vaccinated.

However, that decision was not supported by the wider public. Currently, more than 90 per cent of Australia’s adult population are fully vaccinated.

Many people felt that Djokovic getting into the country to play tennis showed there was one rule for the famous and another for ordinary people.

Djokovic’s visa was cancelled shortly after his arrival in Melbourne on 6 January, after officials said he had “failed to provide appropriate evidence” to receive a exemption.

He was then held at a hotel while his lawyers appealed the case.

Djokovic won that appeal as the judge found that he wasn’t treated fairly during the process.

However, the Australian immigration minister – who is in charge of who can come in and go out of the country – decided last Friday to cancel his visa again.

Djokovic says he is “extremely disappointed” with the ruling but says he won’t challenge the decision again – and that he will leave the country.

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