World U21 Junior Beach Championship.: Thailand denies Nigeria’s team visa


The board of Nigeria Volleyball Federation led by its President Engineer Musa Kida has lamented the refusal of the Thailand Embassy to issue entry visa to the Nigeria Beach Volleyball Team to participate at the World U21 Junior Beach Championship.

Nimrod who disclosed this in Abuja said the refusal is owing to a request for a guarantor for the Team Nigeria.

According to the NVBF President in a release signed by Kehinde Lamidi-Chairman Media, NVBF, all efforts made by the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Thailand Volleyball Federation proved abortive adding that he has communicated the incident to the Confederation of Africa Volleyball (CAVB) and the World Body FIVB

“I wish to inform you that the U21 Beach Tèam did not get their visa even after intervention from the Thailand Volleyball Association on Friday. Our Federation did its best. Ministry Protocol Department were totally involved. Foreign Affairs Ministry gave the note verbal yet not acceptable”, Nimrod explained.

“Our Ministry Protocol were the ones involved on the Niger Rep Visa. There’s was no rejection. We observed that Thailand Volleyball Association member stood as a guarantor for Niger Rep while that of Nigeria no guarantor from Thailand”

Nimrod who expressed the bitterness of the President of CAVB, the federation on the incident said their tickets have since been cancelled and the team is back to base.

In order to forestall a future occurrences with reference to the senior Beach world Championship in Germany, Nimrod said
he has decided to be the team Guarantor adding that letter has been written to the Embassy to beat tomorrow Thursday deadline for the submission of additional documents requested by the Embassy.

He however used the opportunity to appreciate the stakeholders for their love and concerns.

When asked the NVBF President again at around 1pm if the Thailand Embassy has agreed to issue out the visa he only responded with a tone of total disappointment and sadness, “No news yet o.  Competition has commenced”.

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