American surfer Kelly Slater can only qualify for the World Cup in Australia if he is vaccinated against Covit-19. Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt made this clear in an interview.
Slater, the 11-time world surfing champion, has not released his vaccine status. However, he played for tennis player Novak Djokovic after being knocked out of Serbia the day before the start of the Australian Open.
Slater said on social media, “Perhaps now Stockholm Syndrome could change its name to Melbourne / Australia Syndrome” and lamented “brainwashed hatred in people’s hearts regardless of Wax status.” That post was then deleted.
Djokovic was not vaccinated, so he could not provide the necessary evidence to exempt himself from entering Australia, and he had provided false information about previous trips on the entry form.
The two World Surf League (WSL) Championships take place in April and May in Victoria and Western Australia. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
“We made it very clear in the case of Novak Djokovic: there is no game without the vaccine,” Hunt told the Australians. Posted by Channel 9.
“This is pretty simple news, no matter what the sport, it applies to everyone. I hope he (Slater) gets vaccinated and I hope he competes.”
This is similarly true of Sports Minister Richard Golbeck. Slater is “unlikely to enter the country” unless he is vaccinated.
“I think he knows the rules. It doesn’t matter if you are a surfer, tennis player, tourist or anyone else, those are the rules. They apply to everyone,” Kolbeck said.
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