The federal Sports Minister Richard Colbeck has solid doubt over whether or not browsing legend Kelly Slater will likely be allowed into Australia for the World Surf League championship occasions happening in Victoria and Western Australia.
Minster Colbeck stated he “didn’t like the chances” of 11-time world champion Slater getting into the nation if he’s not vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 forward of the championship.
Within the video above, Kelly Slater is warned over Australia’s vaccination guidelines
The World Surf League has warned opponents who’re unvaccinated will likely be barred from sure international locations.
Slater, together with present world No.1 Gabriel Medina, are each but to disclose their vaccination standing forward of a bumper Championship Tour, which incorporates stops on the Rip Curl Professional at Bells Seaside and Margaret River Professional in Australia in April.
It comes after the choice was made to deport tennis world No.1 Novak Djokovic from Australia forward of the Australian Open.
Slater later defended the tennis star in a social media submit stating there may be ‘so much brainwashed hatred in people’s hearts regardless of vax standing’.
In response to those feedback, Mr Colbeck stated like anybody else the browsing legend must apply for a medical exemption and be capable to show that exemption upon arrival.
As The Age reported, Mr Colbeck stated Slater had “no chance of getting into the country without the vaccine”.
“I reckon he knows the rules. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a surfer, or a tennis player, a tourist or anyone else, those are the rules,” Mr Colbeck informed the newspaper.
“They apply to everyone.
“I don’t like the chances of him competing in Victoria, and I’d hate to think of what the chances were of him competing in Western Australia.”
7NEWS.com.au has contacted Mr Colbeck for additional remark.