The representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova is extremely outraged by the refusal of the US Embassy in Moscow to organize interviews for obtaining American visas for the Russian national team in freestyle wrestling.
– The refusal of the US Embassy in Moscow to organize interviews for obtaining American visas by the Russian national freestyle wrestling team, that needs to take part in the World Cup 2018 from April 5 to 9 in the city of Iowa City, causes extreme indignation. The American Embassy, having held out until the last moment, just now answered us with an excerpt, in which they again refer to the fact that, to all accounts, the shortage of consular staff is to blame. We regard the US actions as another obvious example of obstructing the participation of Russian athletes in international competitions … The US authorities are also clearly not averse to eliminate strong competitors from the competition for their national team. It is about direct and open discrimination of the team of one of the participating countries. We expect that in the world sports movement will pay attention to this blatant situation. It is clearly no longer possible to conduct international competitions on the American – they play unfairly, – Zakharova said.
One of the Russian freestyle wrestling head coaches Valery Feldsherov noted that because of the American embassy, the Russia national team, most likely, lost the chance to wrestle at the World Cup 2018 in Iowa City, USA.
“In the current situation, our team is deprived of the opportunity to compete in the World Cup 2018. We were not registered for an interview, moreover, we were advised to pass an interview for visas at the consulate of Armenia. We did not have time to do it, the team was in a situation where, instead of preparing for the tournament, it was forced to interrupt the training process. According to my feelings – we have already missed the Cup “, – said the coach.
The World Cup in freestyle wrestling – 2018 is to be held in the US from April 5 to 9.