Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended the decision to cancel the visa of Novak Djokovic, who was set to play in the Australian Open tournament after receiving a medical exemption for not being vaccinated against COVID-19.
Djokovic failed to provide “appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements,” the Australian Border Force said in a statement, after the world’s top-ranked tennis player arrived in Melbourne overnight.
Morrison made his remarks during a press conference on January 6 at Parliament House in Canberra, saying: “Rules are rules and there are no special cases”.
“The ABF (Australian Border Force) has done their job. Entry with a visa requires double vaccination or a medical exemption,” Morrison said. “I’m advised that such an exemption was not in place and as a result, he is subject to the same rule as anyone else.”
According to local news reports the tennis player’s lawyers have lodged on an appeal against his visa cancellation. Credit: Scott Morrison via Storyful