France’s new COVID-19 rule “Clear Novak to play at the French Open”


Novak Djokovic may be able to play at the French Open later this year, regardless of whether he has been vaccinated with COVID-19, thanks to new rules approved by the national government. Lagazetta.

The French Vaccine Pass Act, approved by Parliament on 16 January, requires a vaccination certificate to enter public places such as restaurants, cafes and cinemas.

Vaccine certificates are also required for long-distance trains and domestic flights. This law will come into force throughout France on January 24th.

However, according to La Gazetta, the passport is positive for COVID-19 and can be used by individuals who have recovered within the last 6 months.

Djokovic reportedly tested positive for the virus on December 17, which means he may be able to travel to the county until June without vaccination.

This will allow him to defend the title at the French Open (formally known as Roland Garros), which is scheduled to begin on May 22nd.

The Epoch Times contacted the French Ministry for comment.

Gilles Moretton, chairman of the French Tennis Federation (FFT), said earlier that the organization is working to welcome “unvaccinated foreign athletes” prior to the French Open.

“Our team is working with public institutions, which will eventually specify rules for the acceptance of unvaccinated foreign athletes into tournaments,” Moretton said. Agence France-Presse (AFP).

French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu also proposed earlier this month that an “health bubble” could be created to allow unvaccinated players to play Grand Slam tournaments in Paris.

“There is a health protocol imposed on major events by the relevant federations, which allows someone like Novak Djokovic to enter the country.” Malacineanu told AFP January 7, “In France today, as in Australia, there are no restrictions on the entry of athletes and citizens of other countries.”

“Unvaccinated athletes can attend the event because the protocol, which is the health bubble for these major events, allows it,” said Malacineanu.

However, the French ministry claimed that there was no tax exemption under the Vaccine Pass Act.

“The rules are simple. Vaccine passes will be imposed on facilities already covered by the health pass as soon as the law is promulgated,” the ministry said. “This applies to anyone who is a spectator or a professional athlete, and this is until further notice.”

“Now, as far as Roland Garros is concerned, it’s May. Things can change from time to time and I hope it’s more advantageous. So, you know, obviously there’s no tax exemption.”

Djokovich, unvaccinated with COVID-19, was forced from Australia on January 16 before the first Grand Slam tournament of the year after his visa was canceled by Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke on January 14. I was repatriated.

A Serbian player and his lawyer argue that he should be allowed to stay in the country and compete under the medical exemption of vaccination because he tested positive for the virus in December. Did.

Djokovic, ranked as the number one male tennis player in the world, was subsequently forced to leave Australia after losing a court battle to overturn his visa cancellation.

Catabella Roberts

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Katabella Roberts is a reporter currently based in Turkey. She focuses primarily on the United States and covers the news and business of The Epoch Times.