Tennis: Australia cancels Novak Djokovic’s visa again

The Australian visa of tennis world number one Novak Djokovic, who entered the country without being vaccinated against Covid-19, has been canceled for the second time, announced Friday January 14 the Minister of Immigration, Alex Hawke. This decision was made “on health and public order grounds”, the minister said in a statement. The Australian government “is strongly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, especially in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic”, he added.

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This second visa cancellation implies that the Serbian player, who was aiming for a record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open which begins on Monday January 17, will be banned from entering the country for three years, except in certain circumstances.

Australian authorities also intend to order the return of the world number one in detention as of Saturday morning, government lawyer Stephen Lloyd announced on Friday. The government wants the Serb to be released from detention only to attend, in the offices of his lawyers and under the supervision of border police officers, the online court hearings concerning his case, the lawyer said .

Djokovic will not be expelled from Australia until justice has been finally pronounced, had previously assured Stephen Lloyd during a hearing before a judge in Melbourne. This Victorian judge, Anthony Kelly, announced on Friday that he was relinquishing responsibility in favor of Australian federal justice, despite the objections of the player’s lawyers who said they feared a slowdown in the procedure.

Novak Djokovic was training for the tournament

The 34-year-old’s visa had already been canceled for the first time on January 5 when he arrived in Melbourne, and Novak Djokovic was then placed in a detention center for deportation.

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The tennis player’s lawyers had however won a resounding victory on January 10, obtaining from a judge that he restore his visa and order his immediate release. Since then, Novak Djokovic has been training for the tournament, and was due to face his compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic, 78, in the first round.and world player.

But the Minister of Immigration retained the possibility of canceling the visa again under his discretionary power.



Rugby: France-Fiji match canceled due to Covid case

The match of the Autumn Nations Cup of rugby between France and Fiji, scheduled for Vannes, will not be played on Sunday after several positive cases of Covid-19 in the Fijian workforce, we learned on Friday from sources close to the Fijian team.

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According to the Six Nations Committee, the organizer of the competition, the medical commission competent for this meeting issued an unfavorable opinion on Friday morning. The Fijian selection recorded two positive cases for Covid-19 during the week. New tests were to be carried out on Thursday with results expected this Friday.

Meeting of the organizers

The three-quarter Semi Radradra, absent from the list of 23 players communicated Friday morning by Fiji for the meeting, is one of the infected players, according to one of the sources close to the Fijian team. The organizer of the competition must now meet on Friday afternoon and should formalize the cancellation of the meeting.

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For its part, the management of the France team canceled the press conference announcing the list of 23 players, scheduled for 12 p.m. Friday in Marcoussis. After two victories in two matches, in preparation against Wales (38-21) on October 24, then against Ireland (35-27) on October 31 during the Six Nations Tournament, the third match of the XV of France of the autumn period was to be disputed Sunday in Brittany, behind closed doors.

The Blues must play three other matches, as part of the Autumn Nations Cup, on November 22 in Scotland, on November 28 against Italy at the Stade de France as well as a classification match on December 5 or 6 . The new competition, which brings together eight teams, was launched this fall in an attempt to counter the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.