Australian Prime Minister refuses to be drawn into Novak Djokovic visa saga

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said no decision has been made on Novak Djokovic’s visa and made it clear Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is the one who will be making the call and not him. 

Djokovic won his appeal in court but Hawke could use his powers to again cancel the visa of the world No. 1. 

“I will refer to Mr Hawke’s most recent statement and that position hasn’t changed,” Morrison said on Thursday, per SBS. 

“These are personal ministerial powers able to be exercised by Minister Hawke and I don’t propose to make any further comment at this time.”

Djokovic made a mistake on his travel declaration

Djokovic’s travel declaration came under scrutiny after being aired in court on Monday. 

Djokovic admitted there was a mistake while submitting his travel declaration but insisted it was nothing delibarate. 

“On the issue of my travel declaration, this was submitted by my support team on my behalf – as I told immigration officials on my arrival – and my agent sincerely apologises for the administrative mistake in ticking the incorrect box about my previous travel before coming to Australia. This was a human error and certainly not deliberate. We are living in challenging times in a global pandemic and sometimes these mistakes can occur. Today, my team has provided additional information to the Australian Government to clarify this matter,” Djokovic said in a statement. 

“While I felt it was important to address and clarify misinformation I will not be making any further comment out of utmost respect for the Australian Government and their authorities and the current process.

“It is always an honour and a privilege to play in the Australian Open. The Australian Open is much-loved by players, fans and the community, not just in Victoria and in Australia, but around the globe, and I just want to have the opportunity to compete against the best players in the world and perform before one of the best crowds in the world.”

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