Wednesday, February 28

France closes its borders to unvaccinated athletes

  • Foreign professionals who do not have a complete guideline will not be able to compete in French territory after the new law approved by the National Assembly.

  • The regulations would affect Madrid in their Champions League match against PSG.

It is no longer just Australia, the country that this weekend gave a global blow by deporting Novak Djokovic, number one in world tennis, for not being vaccinated against covid. France became Europe’s standard-bearer on Monday by closing its borders to professional athletes without the full immunity schedule. The major sporting events that will take place on French territory between now and the fall, if the pandemic does not subside, are already affected by the new law that National Assembly approved on Sunday and that apart from demanding social regulations prevent professional athletes from competing if they are not fully protected against the virus.

The new law goes far beyond the fact that the Serbian tennis player cannot defend his Roland Garros title in June. Emanuelle Macron, French president, achieved the blow of effect, his proposal to “fuck” the unvaccinated, those who, apart from continuing to be unable to enter bars, will now need three doses to access any sports venue, from a local court to the stands of the Parc des Princes where on February 15 at 9:00 p.m. the PSG against Real Madrid.

sources of French Ministry of Sports They assured this Monday that any event that takes place from now on, and at least until next fall, will be closed not only to unvaccinated athletes, but also to those who have not yet received the booster dose. “If there are, there will be very few exceptions,” they specified in Paris.

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And it’s not just Roland Garros. They are the matches of 6 nations tournament that the rivals of the rooster selection dispute in Saint Denis; English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish and Italian. It is the duel of Madrid, a team that could go through serious problems if it does not regularize the vaccination status of one of its stars, and the current champion of the Champions League, the chelsea, which will visit the magnificent Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Lille, on March 16, in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16.

The warning

“The new vaccination pass has already been adopted, which will be mandatory for both French and foreign spectators and athletes,” warned the former swimmer and Deputy Minister of Sports, Roxana Maracineanu.

At the international level, Madrid stands out, recent winner of the Spanish Super Cup, which was held in Saudi Arabia, where Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish Football Federation, admitted that at least a dozen footballers traveled to the Middle East without being immunized. And among these, without specifying, players from the white team, according to various sources, at least two regulars in the starting ‘eleven’. Unless median UEFA, the white team is at risk of being forced to dispense with some of its key pieces in the Parc des Princes in Paris.

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The Tour and Formula One

But the cyclists who will compete in the Tour in July should also be alert. If they do not have the complete schedule then they will not be able to have a number. Or the pilots who sign up for the Formula One and MotoGP Grands Prix.

Affected will be the skiers who come in March to the world cup finals at the Courchevel station, to the participants in the figure skating world championship, also in March, and the runners who come to the paris marathon without forgetting the cyclists who attend the Paris-Nice, the Paris-Roubaix and the Dauphine.

“There are no reasons to make exceptions”, Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of Education and Sports

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“No one can deviate from the rule. It is a law that everyone must comply with, from artists to great athletes,” he told ‘L’Équipe’ on Monday christophe castaner, spokesperson for the parliamentary group La República en Marcha, the political movement promoted by macron.

“It is a clear message for athletes about the importance of getting vaccinated. There are no reasons to make exceptions,” he insisted in Paris Jean Michel Blanquer, Minister of Education and Sports, to whose ministry she reports as delegate minister (which in Spain would be Secretary of State) Roxana Maracineanu.

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