Recently Australian government has explained why tennis star, Novak Djokovic’s had his visa into the country canceled.
And now, Rafael Nadal has taken a rather brutal swipe at the tennis player over an Australia visa row.
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Novak Djokovic had traveled from Dubai to Australia on Wednesday ahead of his play in the Australian Open later this month.
However, upon arrival at Melbourne airport, Djokovic was detained by authorities for several hours.
The thirty-four-year-old was held at the airport as border officials ruled that he had not met the rules required to enter Australia.
The New York Times reports that the tennis player was told he would need to leave the country, after questions were raised about a medical exemption from a coronavirus vaccine.
The medical exception would have to allowed Djokovic to compete in the Australian Open despite him not being vaccinated.
According to the BBC, Djokovic had been granted the medical exemption by 2 different independent medical panels, both of which had been organized by Tennis Australia and Victoria state.
A decision that caused uproar due to the strict rules around Covid-19 vaccinations.
But, Djokovic had reportedly “failed to provide appropriate evidence” to enter, border force officials said.
And as a result, he is now being held at a hotel which is used for immigration detention, the outlet reports.
Djokovic’s team have since filed a legal challenge and a hearing is scheduled to take place on Monday.
But, while people wait for the hearing to take place, questions have been circling about why Djokovic’s visa was canceled in the first place.
But the Australian government recently clarified the reasoning.
And it has sparked a lot of opinions…
Australia’s Health Minister, Greg Hunt, was asked about the cancelation of Djokovic’s visa while appearing on Sunrise.
In response to the question, Hunt said: “Mr Djokovic failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements to Australia and the visa has been subsequently canceled.”
Hunt also added that it was “up to him whether he wishes to appeal,” but if a “visa is canceled, leave the country.”
“Yes, it is tough but it is fair and one rule for all under this Australian Government,” he said.
Australian Prime Minster, Scott Morrison, further spoke about the cancelation of the visa on Twitter.
In a tweet, Morrison said that “rules are rules” and nobody is “above these rules.”
The tweet read:
“Mr Djokovic’s visa has been cancelled. 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.”
While a statement from Australian border force explained why Djokovic has been detained.
“The Australian Border Force will continue to ensure that those who arrive at our border comply with our laws and entry requirements,” the statement read, LADbible reports.
“The ABF can confirm that Mr Djokovic failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements to Australia, and his visa has been subsequently canceled.”
“Non-citizens who do not hold a valid visa on entry or who have had their visa cancelled will be detained and removed from Australia. The ABF can confirm Mr Djokovic had access to his phone.”
And now, Rafael Nadal has taken a swipe at the star saying that he doesn’t have much sympathy for him.
Nadal is a Spanish tennis player and is ranked world number 6 by the Association of Tennis Professionals.
And he’s had a little something to say about his rival after the row about his visa.
Although quite a few people are on the side of Novak…
Others agreed with Rafael…
“I have been vaccinated twice. If you do this, you don’t have any problem to play here,” he said, as per Yahoo Sport.
“The only clear thing is if you are vaccinated, you can play in the Australian Open and everywhere, and the world in my opinion has been suffering enough to not follow the rules,” he continued.
“There are rules, and if you don’t want to get the vaccine, then you can have some troubles. I think if he wanted, he would be playing here in Australia without a problem.”
“Of course I don’t like the situation that is happening. In some way I feel sorry for him. But at the same time, he knew the conditions months ago, so he makes his own decision,” he finished.
What do you think?