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Djokovic facing deportation from Australia after losing court appeal******
World Tennis No. 1, Serbian Novak Djokovic, leaving a government detention facility to attend a court hearing in Melbourne on Sunday.。
Novak Djokovic was set to be deported from Australia after a court on Sunday dismissed his appeal against the government's cancellation of his Australian visa on the grounds that his decision not to be vaccinated posed a risk to the country.。
Djokovic had appealed Immigration Minister Alex Hawke's use of discretionary powers to cancel his visa on the grounds that he was a threat to public order because his presence would encourage anti-vaccination sentiment amidst Australia's worst outbreak of the virus.。
Chief Justice James Allsop said the Federal Court ruling was based on the lawfulness and legality of the minister's decision in the context of the three grounds of appeal Djokovic's team lodged.。
"It is no part of the function of the court to decide upon the merits or wisdom of the decision," Allsop said, adding the decision was unanimous among the three judges. Full reasoning behind the decision would be released in coming days, he said.。
It was not immediately clear when the government would seek to remove Djokovic.。
The verdict brings to a climax a rollercoaster 10 days during the world's top tennis player was detained by immigration authorities, released and then detained again ahead of a tournament that starts on Monday.。
The Serbian champion was escorted to his lawyers office by immigration officials to attend the virtual court hearing on Sunday morning, having spent Saturday night back in an immigration detention hotel.。
Djokovic had been granted a visa to enter Australia, with a COVID-19 infection on December 16 providing the basis a medical exemption from Australia's vaccination requirements to play in the Open. The exemption was organised through Tennis Australia.。
That exemption prompted widespread anger in Australia, which has undergone some the world's toughest COVID-19 lockdowns and where more than 90% of adults are vaccinated, and the government said recent infection alone did not meet its standards for an exemption.。
Dominating headlines globally for more than a week, the Djokovic visa saga has fuelled the fierce debate over the rights of those who opt to remain unvaccinated as governments take stronger measures to protect their people from the pandemic.。
Indonesia sweeps China to claim 14th Thomas Cup title******
AARHUS, Denmark, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese men's badminton team lost three straight games in the Thomas Cup final to Indonesia, who claimed a record 14th title here on Sunday in the Ceres Arena.
The Indonesian shuttlers showed good form in all three games against defending champion China to lift the trophy, their first since 2002.
Lu Guangzu fought a good start in the opener against the 5th-ranked Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, winning the first set 21-18. However, the Chinese talent lost the following two 21-14, 21-16 as Ginting secured the first point for Indonesia.
Lu told Xinhua in the post-match interview that he was dragged into Ginting's pace and couldn't return proper shots.
"I was honored to be the first to play and I'm very grateful to have the trust from coaches and teammates," said Lu. "I tried my best to win back some points but Ginting took control of the game in the second the third set."
"I was preparing to fight Lu Guangzu or Shi Yuqi yesterday. I did not know who would show up in the opener," said Ginting. "I played Lu twice before. I supposed it would be a very tough and exciting match today because the final is so much different."
"I'm happy that I released myself from pressure. I was a bit nervous in the first set. I tried to calm down and pushed him as much as possible in the following rally, and it worked," said the top Indonesian player.
In the doubles match, Chinese pair He Jiting and Zhou Haodong lost two straight sets to Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto 21-12, 21-19, which meant Indonesia was only one win away from the eventual victory.
"Our opponents are old partners, but we are newly paired in this tournament. They did a better job today in serving, attacking, everything," said Zhou.
In the next singles match, Li Shifeng had a depressing 0-6 start in the first set against Jonatan Christie and lost 21-14. The 21-year-old Li equalized 21-18 but could not turn China's fortune around as Christie clinched the decider 21-14.
The Indonesian team keeps the highest winning record of Thomas Cup titles (14) and China has won 10 times, including five consecutive crowns from 2004 to 2012. Enditem