Legendary American swimmer Michael Phelps was a guest on CNN and he was asked to give his thoughts on the Novak Djokovic situation. The Australian Open introduced mandatory vaccination for this year's event but Djokovic flew to Australia after being granted a medical exemption.
Earlier this week, Djokovic confirmed that he was unvaccinated. Phelps himself had a bout with COVID-19 and he admitted it wasn't pleasant at all. “As athletes, we are role models… I had Covid-19, and it was terrible… It was the most miserable experience I’ve really had.
So, I don’t take that lightly. It’s something that has killed a lot of people and we all need to be on the same page for getting through this together," Phelps told CNN, as quoted on Essentially Sports.
Djokovic's visa cancelled for the second time
On Friday, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke exercised his powers to cancel the visa of the world No.
1. "Today I exercised my power under section 133C(3) of the Migration Act to cancel the visa held by Mr Novak Djokovic on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so," Hawke said in a statement.
"This decision followed orders by the Federal Circuit and Family Court on 10 January 2022, quashing a prior cancellation decision on procedural fairness grounds. "In making this decision, I carefully considered information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border For.
and Mr Djokovic. "The Morrison Government is firmly committed to protecting Australia's borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. "I thank the officers of the Department of Horne Affairs and the Australian Border Force who work every day to serve Australia's interests in increasingly challenging operational environments." Djokovic was refusing for months to reveal his vaccination status, stating it was a private matter.