There is not so much elation at this desk in the very early hours of Sunday as I write, as there is deep gratitude that facts, science, and law prevailed.
I have been waiting over the past hours to discover the outcome of the judge’s ruling concerning Novak Djokovic’s last-ditch attempt to stay in Australia and play tennis. I have not shied away from stating I wished for him to be kicked out of the nation for his lies and dismal behavior.
The wait is now over.
The brash and arrogant Djokovic failed in his final attempt to stay in the nation and play in the upcoming tournament. His unvaccinated stance and lies about his travels have cost him dearly.
Sports personalities have many people looking up to them, and as such have a responsibility that comes with fame and fortunes. The Australian decision was correct. It was the second visa rejection based on the fact he could very well pose a risk to public health and order.
The icing on this story is this decision cannot be appealed.
I have made it clear with the most irksome Aaron Rodgers, and others who toss intelligence aside concerning COVID, that there must be a price to pay. In the case of Djokovic, it was clear that allowing him to stay in Australia could encourage others to refuse vaccines or disregard pandemic restrictions.
Simply put, if a person is a high-profile figure, they must not be rewarded with expressing anti-vaccination sentiments. Today the only proper outcome that could be rendered was handed down in Australia.
And so it goes.