Venezuela national basketball team can’t enter Canada: report

Later this week, Canada’s National Men’s Basketball Team is scheduled to play Edmonton at home in a two-game set.

But via Venezuelan journalist Luis Miguel Núñez, it looks like one of Canada’s opponents is struggling to fly north.

Canada will host Venezuela and Panama later this week in a series of qualifiers for the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023 on Thursday and Saturday respectively.

“The national basketball team is still in Caracas and the trip to Canada is getting more and more complicated. Núñez wrote in a tweet on Monday night. “Canada has not approved the visas to be issued by the Canadian Embassy in Bogotá.”

Núñez added on Monday that the players were due to depart on Tuesday but did not yet update if they had changed their flight plans due to visa issues. It is not yet clear why the visas have not been approved.

If they do end up playing, Canada will put their “winter roster” on the floor, which means no NBA players (or Raptors/Canada head coach Nick Nurse) will be in attendance.

Tickets are available for both games, starting at $40 per game.

The Twitter feed is available in full below, via the Google Translate feature on Twitter:

The national basketball team is still in Caracas and the trip to Canada is getting more and more complicated: Canada has not approved the visas that must be issued by the Canadian Embassy in Bogotá.

Tickets were purchased to depart Monday at noon from the concentration hotel in Caracas (Meliá) and take a flight Monday afternoon to Panama, from Panama to Toronto and from Toronto to Edmonton. These tickets have been changed for this Tuesday, but there are still no Canadian visas.

Leaving on Tuesday, they arrive in Edmonton on Wednesday morning. If they leave later (Wednesday), they will arrive in Edmonton (the city where the game will take place) the same day, Thursday.

Marcos Arocha is in Bogotá to represent the FVB. No response since last week. Some Venezuelan players have an American residence (it facilitates the Canadian process) and a European passport (it also facilitates things). The rest depends entirely on the management of the Venezuelan sports entity and Canadian foreigners.

Canada Basketball has not yet responded to a request for comment.

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