Australia cancels Djokovic's visa on his arrival in Melbourne

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Australia cancels Djokovic's visa on his arrival in Melbourne

Tennis star Novak Djokovic has had his visa to enter Australia dramatically revoked on his arrival in Melbourne, reported British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

The world number one was held in the city's airport for several hours before border forces announced he had not met entry rules and would be deported.

It came a day after he was granted an exemption from vaccination rules to play in the Australian Open.

Australian PM Scott Morrison said no one was above the rules, and Djokovic is reportedly challenging the decision, said BBC.

Shortly after his arrival in Melbourne, authorities noticed that his team had not requested a visa that permits medical exemptions for being unvaccinated. Djokovic has not spoken about his vaccination status, but last year he said he was "opposed to vaccination", the BBC report added.

The Australian Open confirmed on Tuesday that world No. 1 Novak Djokovic will compete at the upcoming tournament and is on his way to Australia, reported Xinhua.

A statement from the Australian Open said Djokovic had applied for a medical exemption which was granted following a review process involving two separate panels of medical experts. One of those include the Independent Medical Exemption Review Panel appointed by the Victorian Department of Health.

They assessed all applications to see if they met the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) guidelines, the statement said.

The government of the State of Victoria, where the Australian Open is held, announced in October last year that no athlete who has not been fully vaccinated will be allowed to participate. That decision cast doubt on the participation of Djokovic, who has declined to reveal his vaccination status.

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