All athletes, including those of other nationalities, must be vaccinated to compete in sporting events in France, announced yesterday the French Minister of Sport, Roxana Maracineanu. The decision follows the Djokovic case, who was prevented from competing in Australia for not being vaccinated and was eventually deported from the country.
The case generated controversy and in France the decision of the australians was applauded. It should be remembered that the athlete then stays away from defending the title won at Roland Garros and fears soon surfaced that new Djokovic cases could occur in other sports.
For now the situation is this: no one is above the law, but if the restrictions of the pandemic slow down the case could be another. But, if the current pandemic situation continues, it's simple: anyone who is not vaccinated cannot compete in the French Grand Prix.
The French Government will now require a vaccination pass from athletes and this is only available to those who have been fully vaccinated. Previously, an exception regime was allowed for unvaccinated athletes but since yesterday there is no room for exceptions. If the ministers' words are translated into law, all pilots who want to compete in France will have to be vaccinated.
In Australia the law remains, but the MotoGP caravan only travels there in October, and until then a lot can change. In Spain, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has already said that if Novak Djokovic wants to compete in the Madrid Open, in april, he will have to comply with the country's health laws, refusing any exception regime.