The case of world tennis star Novak Djokovic’s visa will be revoked in the Australian Federal Court for the second time by the country’s immigration authorities, amid protests outside the hotel where the player is being held.
The case of the world number one tennis player has gained wide international attention after his visa was canceled for the first time by the Australian immigration authorities during his arrival to the country in preparation for the Australian Open, the first of the four grand slams.
The full court refers to cases in which three or more judges sit together in federal court to hear a player’s appeal, according to the network.CNNNewsletter.
“This case will be heard by the full court of the Australian Federal Court, consisting of Chief Justice James Olsop, Judge Anthony Pisanko and Judge David O’Callaghan,” the court said, on Saturday.
The hearing is scheduled to take place virtually, Sunday, at 9:30 am Melbourne time (12:30 am Saturday GMT Sunday).
The Serbian tennis star, Novak Djokovic, was placed under administrative detention after Australia canceled his entry visa to its territory for the second time due to his failure to receive the anti-Covid-19 vaccine, pending a judicial decision in this case.
The Australian authorities said that the presence of Djokovic, who has not received a vaccination against Covid-19, on its soil, “could encourage anti-vaccination sentiment”, arguing that he should be expelled from the country.
On January 5, Djokovic arrived in Australia, thanks to a special exemption, as he contracted Covid on the 16th of last month, but the authorities refused to allow him to enter, considering that the reasons for exempting the unvaccinated player do not meet the strict conditions imposed to enter its territory in the fight against Covid, to be His visa is refused and he is transferred to the Melbourne Passenger Detention Centre.
After his visa was refused for the second time, the Serbian player was returned to the Park Hotel in Melbourne, which is mainly intended for the accommodation of illegal immigrants, as demonstrations took place in front of the hotel to demand the release of the international player.