May 27, 2022 12:27 pm

Novak Djokovic, with more problems: France toughened its rules and could not play Roland Garros either

In Belgrade they expect him in the next few hours to Novak Djokovic, after being deported from Australia for “encourage anti-vaccine sentiments”. The Serbian made a stopover in Dubai after being expelled and on the way he already found out about news that greatly conditions his sporting future: France toughened its policy regarding the entry of foreigners without vaccination and could also miss the Roland Garros tournament.

The vaccination pass was adopted this Monday in France and will apply to athletes living abroad, the French government announced, so Djokovic will not be able to defend his title in Paris.

France will start requesting a vaccination pass from this week and Novak Djokovic could not enter Paris

The National Assembly adopted the measure after two weeks of heated debate. The vaccination pass differs from the health pass, which accepted negative tests. In other words, if Djokovic arrived in Paris with a negative PCR test, he was enabled to play. Not now.

Its entry into force should take place this week. In a message posted on Twitter, Roxana Maracineanu, Minister of Sports, was the one who announced that athletes will not be exempt from its application.

“Since the law is enacted, it will be mandatory to enter establishments open to the public with a health pass for all French or foreign spectators, practitioners, professionals. We will work together to preserve the competitions and be the ambassadors of these measures at an international level.Maracineanu wrote.

Novak Djokovic will also not be able to play at Roland Garros;  his chances on the circuit are increasingly reduced
Novak Djokovic will also not be able to play at Roland Garros; his chances on the circuit are increasingly reduced

The Parisian He stated in early January that the vaccination pass would not be necessary in certain international events such as the Champions League. According to information from the newspaper two weeks ago, the visiting teams would be exempt on the condition that they respect a health bubble. The idea, on paper, also seemed to fit with Roland Garros. However, this change in policy once again conditions all those athletes who decide not to get vaccinated.

However, Gilles Moretton, president of the French Tennis Federation, did not rule out that there is some kind of special permission. “Our teams are working in collaboration with the public authorities, which in due course will specify the rules regarding the reception of unvaccinated foreign athletes for our tournament,” he told AFP.

Novak Djokovic is at risk of losing the world number 1 for his decision not to get vaccinated
Novak Djokovic is at risk of losing the world number 1 for his decision not to get vaccinatedMARTIN BUREAU – AFP

But Christophe Castaner, former Minister of the Interior and now a member of the Assembly, strongly opposed this possibility in statements to the RMC portal: “There is no doubt about this. We voted for this vaccine pass for all those who would go to Roland Garros and all the French. There is no doubt that we cannot break the rule for great athletes, artists, personalities. And it applies to everyone.”

In that sense, Castaner added: “Djokovic has no calling to play if he does not respect a rule that will apply to spectators, he reaches balls and professionals who go to work and at Roland Garros”.

The Roland Garros tournament will be played between May 22 and June 5. The situation could change if the conditions of the pandemic change and the French government withdraws these measures. But as long as the norm doesn’t change, the only way Djokovic could play is if he ultimately decides to get vaccinated.

Reference-www.lanacion.com.ar

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