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Novak Djokovic detained again after his visa cancelled amid deportation saga

The tennis star has been detained by Australian border force in Melbourne after a meeting with immigration officials

10:44 AM | 15 Jan, 2022
Novak Djokovic detained again after his visa cancelled amid deportation saga

MELBOURNE – Top tennis star Novak Djokovic has been taken into immigration detention for the second time in Australia after his appeal against the second cancellation of his visa to be heard in court.

Djokovic, the world’s top-ranked tennis player, will remain in detention until the outcome of a court hearing to overturn the cancellation of his entry permit a second time.

The 34-year-old decided to start a legal tussle against Australian authorities to avoid being deported from Australia as he denied taking the Covid vaccine. He was interviewed by the Australian Border Force on Saturday at an undisclosed location to avoid unwanted media hype.

If his second appeal is successful, he will be allowed to compete in the Australian Open draw on Monday while the tournament has largely been overshadowed by Australia's government stern rules against the novel disease.

On Friday, Djokovic's visa was revoked for the second time by Australia's immigration minister, but the government has agreed not to deport him over the weekend before his case has concluded.

Djokovic's legal consultant told the court that the immigration minister had used his personal power to cancel the visa of the tennis star.

Earlier, the 'anti-vaxxer' tennis star claimed that he was under the impression he could enter because two independent panels associated with Tennis Australia and the Victorian state government had granted him an exemption on the grounds that he had been infected with Covid-19 in December.

Meanwhile, the federal government argued that, under its rules, previous infection with Covid-19 is not a valid reason for an exemption.

His visa was first revoked shortly after his arrival on January 5, but a court ruled earlier this week that border officers had been unreasonable when they canceled his initial visa to enter Australia. The judge then ordered Djokovic to be freed from immigration detention.

The deportation saga continued this week and caused another controversy in Australia and abroad when Novak admitted that he attended a newspaper interview and photoshoot while being infected with Covid-19.

The tennis ace entered into the Australian Open despite lingering doubts over his ability to play as he attempts to win a record 21st Grand Slam title. He was set to face fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic in his first match.

Novak has won the past three Australian Opens, part of his overall Grand Slam haul of 20 championships, and is tied with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for the most by a man in history.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


PKR exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 22 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely same against US Dollar and other currencies on April 22, 2024 Monday.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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