"No one above law": Novak Djokovic denied entry in Australia
New Delhi : Australia on Wednesday cancelled the entry visa for Tennis star Novak Djokovic due to insufficient documents. Djokovic had announced on social media that he has a medical exemption to play in the tournament without a proof that he is fully vaccinated against coronavirus.
His announcement became a topic of discussion as Australia has recently announced new rules and regulations due to surging cases of coronavirus.
"Mr Djokovic failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements to Australia, and his visa has been subsequently cancelled," the Australian Border Force said in a statement.
"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," it added.
"The Australian Border Force will continue to ensure that those who arrive at our border comply with our laws and entry requirements."
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison reacted to the news and said strict border rules have been implemented to keep the death count low amid new wave of coronavirus.
"Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our borders," he said.
"No one is above these rules."
Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said the government made "no apologies" for protecting the border.
"Individuals who do not meet our strict requirements will be denied entry to Australia, it does not matter who they are," she said in a statement.
With no Visa in hand, Djokovic will have to leave Australia at his earliest possible option.