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Any athlete coming from abroad must be vaccinated to compete in France


Any athlete, including professional, who comes for a competition in France, as soon for the Six Nations Tournament, will have to be vaccinated to enter a sports arena, AFP learned on Monday January 17 from government sources.

Following the expulsion from Australia of world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic, the French government clarified that the vaccination pass would not only apply to amateur and professional athletes based in France but also to foreign athletes who come for competitions.

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This position clarifies remarks made last week by the Minister of Sports Roxana Maracineanu, who had hinted that the health bubble in force during the Roland-Garros tournament would allow unvaccinated athletes from abroad to be received. Like Djokovic.

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An athlete who will not be vaccinated […] will be able to participate in the competition because the protocol, the health bubble of these major sporting events, will allow it”, explained the minister on Franceinfo on January 7.

Currently, it is not necessary to be vaccinated to enter French soil, but the vaccination pass will apply to everyone who enters an establishment open to the public (“ERP”).

“The rule applies to all”

The next international competitions are a judo tournament, the Grand Slam (February 5-6), as well as the Six Nations Tournament (February 5-March 19).

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This obligation to be vaccinated may mean that there will no longer be a health bubble stricto sensu around an international competition, but this is not yet completely settled.

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On Sunday evening, the president of the French Tennis Federation (FFT), Gilles Moretton, specified that they “are working in collaboration with the public authorities, who will specify the rules relating to the reception of unvaccinated foreign athletes for our tournament in due course”. Roland-Garros will take place from May 22 to June 5.

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“There is no question that for great sportsmen, for artists, for “personalities” we derogate from the rule. The rule applies to everyone”, declared this Monday on BFMTV-RMC the leader of the deputies La République en Marche (LREM) Christophe Castaner.

“Djokovic, not vaccinated, will not play at Roland-Garros? » launches the journalist Jean-Jacques Bourdin to Christophe Castaner. Who replies: “He has no vocation to play if he does not respect a rule which will apply to spectators, ball boys, professionals who go to work and run a shop at Roland-Garros. What world would we be in if we consider that because we are a star we can break the rule? Well no. »



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