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‘Rules are rules’: Australia denies entry to Novak Djokovic

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Australia has cancelled Novak Djokovic’s visa and denied entry to the men’s number one tennis player, the country’s border agency announced, saying the sportsman “failed to provide appropriate evidence” to meet entry requirements.
The Serb earlier said he had obtained a medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination in order to play in the Australian Open, which starts in less than two weeks.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed Djokovic’s visa had been cancelled on social media.
“Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our borders. No one is above these rules. Our strong border policies have been critical to Australia having one of the lowest death rates in the world from COVID, we are continuing to be vigilant,” he said on Twitter.
Djokovic is fighting against deportation from Australia.
His lawyers are appealing against the decision in court, with the case adjourned until next week.

Al Jazeera’s Sarah Clarke reports from Queensland.

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