Djokovic can play in France under the latest vaccine rules

Paris — Top-ranked player Novak Djokovic is French Open under the latest COVID-19 rules adopted by the French government, even if not yet vaccinated when the Clay Court Grand Slam begins in May. You can protect the open title.

Djokovic was deported from Australia and banned from playing at the Australian Open this month. This is because it does not meet Australia’s strict COVID-19 vaccination regulations.

Initially, Serbian tennis stars did not appear to be welcomed at Roland Garros, even under new legislation aimed at eliminating unvaccinated people from stadiums, restaurants, bars and other public places.

Immediately after the deportation from Australia, questions about Djokovic’s position in France arose, and the Minister of Sports, Roxana Malacineanu, said that as soon as the law was passed, the national vaccine pass would be displayed at the stadium, theater or exhibition. I mentioned earlier that I would be required to enter the meeting. Practitioner, French or foreign expert. “

However, vaccine paths are not limited to vaccination.

Under the law that came into force on Monday, anyone with evidence that tested positive within the last six months is not required to present a vaccine pass. This suggests that Djokovic will be able to play at the next Grand Slam tournament, the French Open in May and June, as he said he tested positive in mid-December.

The French Ministry of Sports was unable to immediately answer the question from the Associated Press regarding Djokovic.

The organizers of the French Open have previously stated that it is premature to comment, as virus limits may change from now to May depending on the virus situation.

Djokovic’s team also declined to comment on Monday. Djokovic previously said he would not make a public statement until the Australian Open was over.

The government has imposed some other restrictions, focusing on vaccine paths approved by the French Parliament and the Constitutional Council last week.

Frech vaccine checker
On January 24, 2022, a machine checks a woman’s vaccine pass at a restaurant in Lille, northern France. (Michel Spingler / AP Photo)

Critics questioned whether the pass would make a big difference in countries where 94% of French adults were vaccinated at least once, and scattered groups protested against the new law on Saturday. The French government wants to protect the most vulnerable people and reduce the pressure on the crowded ICU.

Since last summer, France has required a “health pass” to go to cafes, museums, cinemas, or to catch local trains and domestic flights. However, until Monday, unvaccinated people were able to activate the pass by taking a recent negative test. The new pass only works for those who have been fully vaccinated and those who have recently recovered from the virus.

“It’s not a problem for me (displaying an ID card), but I can completely imagine the kind of downward spiral it can cause. It’s like racial profiling,” Paris said. Tania Chauvin, 31, who ate at the restaurant, said.

Meanwhile, France opened access to booster shots aged 12 to 17 on Monday.

Djokovic’s Australian story is based on a document he provided showing that he was recently infected with COVID-19, and strict vaccination rules from two medical panels and tournament organizers to play at the Australian Open. It started when I was given an exemption. He received a visa to enter the country through an automated process. However, upon arrival, border authorities said the tax exemption was invalid and moved to deport him.

In the end, Australian officials revoked Djokovic’s visa, stating that his presence could stir up opposition to the vaccine and that he needed to be kicked out to keep the Australians safe. He was deported the day before the tournament began in Melbourne.

Associated Press