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World: How Novak Djokovic could be barred from playing in French Open

Novak Djokovic was granted medical exemption after testing positive for Covid-19 in December, court documents show

  Novak Djokovic was granted medical exemption after testing positive for Covid-19 in December, court documents show Novak Djokovic was granted a medical exemption to compete in the Australian Open as he had recently recovered from Covid-19, court documents published on Saturday by Australia's Federal Circuit show.Novak Djokovic was granted a medical exemption to compete in the Australian Open as he had recently recovered from Covid-19, court documents published on Saturday by Australia's Federal Circuit show.

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic could be barred from competing in the French Open following the French Parliament’s adoption of a vaccine pass on Sunday.

Professional athletes, regardless of nationality, will now have to show their credentials and present a vaccine pass to access sports venues, France’s Minister of Sports Roxana Maracineanu told reporters on Monday.

Maracineanu had told French radio station France Info differently earlier this month, saying that athletes like Djokovic could benefit from exemptions "because the protocol, the health bubble of these major sporting events will allow it."

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However, she said on Monday that the recent law to curb the spread of the new coronavirus passed by the French Parliament had changed the situation.

Champion Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy following his victory in the Men's Singles final match against Andy Murray in the French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016, in Paris. © Rindoff Petroff/Hekimian/Getty Images, FILE Champion Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy following his victory in the Men's Singles final match against Andy Murray in the French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016, in Paris.

French lawmakers passed a controversial piece of legislation on Sunday that will require people 16 years and older to have a vaccine certificate to enter public places such as restaurants, cafés, bars and cinemas. The regulation will apply to sports venues as well, Maracineanu announced, saying she hoped for the French sports sector to become an "ambassador(s) of these measures on the international level."

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 Novak Djokovic: What is risking for his lie on his travel documents in Australia? © Provided by Gentside Novak Djokovic. Novak Djokovic was released, but is not yet fully delivered. Placed in a detention center for a few days because of a refused visa, the Serbian came out on Monday on a decision of Justice . But the case is far from over. On Tuesday, the Herald Sun reports that the global number 1 at ATP lied on the travel documents prior to its entry into Australian territory . Information that could be serious.

Djokovic, who is unvaccinated, spent nearly a week in visa limbo in Australia, which has strict COVID-19 and vaccine rules for those entering the country. After a brief legal challenge, a judge ruled Djokovic had to leave the country.

The new vaccine pass regulation, which has not yet been promulgated, should come into force in the coming days.

Under these new regulations, athletes without a valid vaccine pass would not be allowed to compete French Open, which will be held in May in Paris.

Novak Djokovic arrives at Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade, Serbia, Jan. 17, 2022, after the Australian Federal Court upheld a government decision to cancel his visa to play in the Australian Open. © Christopher Pike/Reuters Novak Djokovic arrives at Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade, Serbia, Jan. 17, 2022, after the Australian Federal Court upheld a government decision to cancel his visa to play in the Australian Open.

A prior COVID-19 infection could make someone eligible for a vaccine pass, but only under strict conditions that need to be specified in a decree that will accompany the law, a spokesperson at the French Sports Ministry told ABC News.

The details of the decree should be announced at the end of the week and will reveal how long after a positive test that one's infection can act as a vaccine pass under the new regulation.

Judges reveal why Novak Djokovic had to miss Australian Open .
Three judges who unanimously rejected Novak Djokovic's bid to stay in Australia to contest the Australian Open have revealed their reasons for the ruling. © Darko Bandic/AP Novak Djokovic looks as his documents after landing in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. Djokovic arrived in the Serbian capital following his deportation from Australia on Sunday after losing a bid to stay in the country to defend his Australian Open title despite not being vaccinated against COVID-19.

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