Tennis-Djokovic must comply with rules to travel to Spain, says PM

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MADRID, January 17 (Reuters)World No. 1 men’s tennis Novak Djokovic will have to comply with Spanish health rules to be able to tscroll to Spain, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday.

Answer a question about whether Djokovic would be allowed to enter Spain to compete after Australia expelled him for not having a COVID-19 vaccine, Sanchez said: “Any sportsman who wishes to compete in our country must comply with Spain’s health rules. “.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who was visiting Spain on Monday and stood alongside Sanchez during the press conference, also insisted that different rules in different countries must be observed. “We all have to respect them, no matter who we are,” he said.

DJokovic travels regularly to Spain where he owns a house in the southern resort of Marbella. He spent a few days in late December and early January and video footage showed him training there.

SSpanish rules currently require people to have either a vaccine certificate, a negative PCR test or a COVID recovery certificate. The country imposes strict quarantines on people who test positive.

During the same press conference, the Spanish Prime Minister made an impassioned call for vaccination. Although vaccination is not compulsory in Spain, the vaccination rate is one of the highest in Europe.

(Reporting by Emma Pinedo, Belen Carreno, Paul Carrel and Inti Landauro, editing by Andrei Khalip and Christian Radnedge)


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