Monday, May 25, 2009

Worlds: Consulate denies visa to athletes

By Guilherme Cruz

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Whenever approaches an international competition, of Jiu-Jitsu or MMA, many athletes already gets prepared to begin a war even before the fights. This time, who is suffering in the hands of the consul is Jair Lourenço. Trying to get the visa for him and his athletes Diego Quadros and Hérico Russo, the coach of Kimura/Nova União team was surprised with the negative response of the vice consul Daniel Bazan, responsible for the U.S. Embassy in Recife, Pernambuco.


"We were going to the BJJ Worlds (of CBJJ, at California) and went to the Consulate, but we had the visa denied. For Diego, the Consul gave the 'ok', but, when he knew, they sent him back to a new interview and denied the visa. He had passed, but mine and Hérico’s had been denied from the first moment. They didn’t even say what was the reason, they said we weren’t qualified to go to the United States", regrets Jair. "We took reports, medals, everything... It was shocking, because, from what I understood, you can only enter in the United States if you’re rich".


Worlds, European and Brazilian champion in 2008, the purple belt Diego Quadros also had problems and was barred attempting the visa. "That kid, from the last year to today, is winning everything. He is very dedicated to the trainings and to the University, I’m sure he will be one of the greatest Jiu-Jitsu fighters in his category. What makes me sad and angry is that this boy, with all the potential he has, had the visa denied in the consulate", rebelled Jair.


Given the controversy, the TATAME contacted the Embassy to understand the situation. According to the vice consul of the Embassy, through his advisor, Joana Ferreira, didn’t want to reveal the reasons that resulted in the denial of the visas, but said that there is still time for another attempt. "They can apply normally, just need to bring the documents to be scheduled a new interview. I don’t know what happened, but, if they bring a document certifying the registration in the championship, I think they will get the visa on time”, explains Joana.


Getting closer to another World Championship of Jiu-Jitsu in the United States, more and more athletes are with this type of problem. And stays the alert: with the ADCC 2009 scheduled for September in Barcelona,Spain, the risk of occurring more situations like this are big. In recent months, more and more Brazilians are deported from European countries. Stay tuned in the TATAME to check the progress of this controversy.

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