Australia to lift Djokovic’s visa ban, source says


Sydney, Australia
CNN

Australia will lift tennis champion Novak Djokovic’s three-year ban from entering the country, paving the way for the former world no. 1 to compete in the 2023 Australian Open.

Australia’s Immigration Minister Andrew Giles will lift the ban, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told CNN on Tuesday.

Djokovic had to make a case to the immigration minister for permission to enter Australia to play the tournament after being deported earlier this year for failing to obtain an exemption for a then-mandated Covid-19 vaccine .

The source said Giles will rule in Djokovic’s favor, but it is up to the individual to release any personal travel information.

Djokovic was deported from Australia in January after former immigration minister Alex Hawke found he posed a risk to public health and ordered that, as a famous athlete who had previously voiced opposition to vaccination, he could be seen as an “icon” of the fight against vaxxers.

The minister’s decision to expel the player meant his re-entry was banned for three years.

This is a developing story…

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