The Thailand embassy has refused to issue entry visa to the Nigeria Beach Volleyball team who were billed to participate at the world U-21 Junior Beach championship.
According to a statement by the spokesman of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF), Kehinde Lamidi, the President of the Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod disclosed this in Abuja, noting that the refusal is owing to a request for a guarantor for the team.
The President added that all efforts made by the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Thailand Volleyball Federation to intervene proved abortive.
He however said he has communicated the incident to the Confederation of Africa Volleyball (CAVB) and the World Body FIVB.
The statement reads “I wish to inform you that the U21 Beach team 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 who expressed the bitterness of the President of CAVB and 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 occurrence with reference to the senior Beach world Championship in Germany, Nimrod said he has decided to be the team Guarantor, noting 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.