Updated Tuesday, January 18, 2022 –
Ayuso assures that he does not share the tennis player’s vision on vaccines: “The rules must be followed”
- Open de Australia The Djokovic case reaches Spanish politics: will he be able to play in Madrid?
The Minister of Health of the Madrid’s community, Enrique Ruiz-Escudero, has underlined this Tuesday that Novak Djokovic, number one in the world, can be a claim for the Mutua de Madrid Open but he has asked to be “very clear” about the need to respect the rules to influence that the Serbian tennis player must be vaccinated if he wants to play the Madrid tournament.
“I do not doubt the claim that it may be for that tournament but I reiterate that it will have to come vaccinated so that it can compete, logically,” stressed the head of Madrid’s Health Department in statements to the press after an act at the Henares Hospital, in Coslada, where he presented the new medical video consultation through the Virtual Health Card.
The Madrid councilor has thus referred to the words of the mayor of Madrid, Jose Luis Martinez Almeida, who has argued that Djokovic would be “a great claim” for the tournament to be held from April 26 to May 8 in Madrid since he remains number one despite what happened in Australia and from what France has already anticipated that he will not be able to participate in Roland Garros.
“I don’t doubt Novak Djokovic’s tennis quality, because that is sufficiently proven, but I know that from a health point of view, if he is not vaccinated, he will not be able to participate in a tournament in Madrid since the rules are there to be met and they have to be met.” all the people who come to play this tournament”, Ruiz Escudero underlined.
In this line, he has stressed the need to comply with the rules and has recalled that, as in tennis tournaments, in the Community they are also fulfilled in other events such as the International fair of tourism (Feature), which will require a vaccination certificate or antigen test from attendees.
“What happened to him in Australia It has been for not complying with the rules and has been deported. I believe that in this sense we must be very clear and I insist that the rules are there so that everyone complies with them in a similar way”, the counselor emphasized after Australia’s decision to expel the tennis player for not complying with the requirement of being vaccinated against Covid-19.
Ayuso: the rules “must be met”
For her part, the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, has maintained this Tuesday that he does not share the vision of the Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, and has defended that the rules set by the administrations “must be complied with”.
“I believe that each country sets its standards and they have to be met,” he declared. Likewise, he has conveyed that he does not share his vision on vaccines and, although he respects the decisions of each one, “the regulations are there to comply with them and each country is sovereign to establish them as well as each administration.”
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