In France, the vaccination pass also imposed on foreign athletes

In France the vaccination pass also imposed on foreign athletes

As soon as the introduction of the vaccination pass was announced, the Ministry of Sports specified that it would apply to professional athletes working in France. Finally, whether they are French or foreign, all will have to present the sesame to access sports equipment in France.

After the expulsion from Australia of the world tennis star Novak Djokovic, the French government has clarified its doctrine on foreign athletes coming for a major competition. They will need to be vaccinated. Including for the Roland-Garros tennis tournament. Djokovic will therefore have to be vaccinated to participate in the second Grand Slam tournament of the year, in Paris (May 22 – June 5).

No sanitary bubble

A health bubble and a strict protocol, once considered, are no longer relevant. You will have to go through the syringe box. After claiming that an unvaccinated champion such as Novak Djokovic could participate in Roland-Garros by isolating himself, Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu was forced by the executive to change position on Monday January 17.

On January 7 on France Info, the former swimmer said: ” [Un sportif] 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. There are health protocols imposed for major events by the federations in question, which are added, added to the protocol of the country and therefore this is what will allow someone like Novak Djokovic to be able to enter in France. on the territory. »

Sunday January 16, Gilles Moretton, the boss of the French Tennis Federation (FFT), announced that his teams were working ” in collaboration with public authorities ” to home ” unvaccinated foreign athletes » in view of the Grand Slam.

The vaccination pass applies to everyone, volunteers, high-level athletes including from abroad and until further notice “, said the Ministry of Sports on Monday. Unless there is a new reversal, all athletes must therefore be vaccinated. This will therefore also be the case for the rugby players who will play in the next Six Nations tournament (February 5-March 19). According to the British press, several English international rugby players are not vaccinated.

What about Chinese and Russian vaccines?

Athletes will therefore have to show their vaccination pass before entering a stadium or gymnasium. Unvaccinated athletes will be able to access competitions by presenting proof, dated more than eleven days and less than six months, of their contamination with Covid-19. There remains a question of size: what Chinese vaccines and russian, not recognized for the moment on French territory?

On Sunday, the French Parliament definitively adopted the text. But some political parties have seized the Constitutional Council on its application. The review should take place on Thursday January 20 and the law could be promulgated the next day and applicable immediately.