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post #81 of (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 2013, 11:14 AM
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Re: Venezuela denies visa for 16.5 Israeli Valeria Patiuk to play junior G1 tournamen

Originally Posted by tennisbum79 View Post
Yes, they do bulldoze the houses, sometime with owner belongings still in them and the family do not want to heed the eviction notice and remove their belongings.
We have seen many reports of on these incidents

I was responding to another post, and wanted to be honest about this.

For what it is worth, for the topic at hand, I do think if a federation accept to be part of ITF and is awarded the right to organize a tournament, they must allow all athletes from member federation countries to participate, i.e. they must give them entry visa
This, provided the athlete has made reasonable and good faith effort to provide documents required by the host country to obtain a visa.

Under extraordinary circumstances, the country may have the right to deny a visa.
Tennis federations have no power to give visas
And how do you know these werent't extraordinary circumstance (and who are you to say when a country can or can't deny a visa??). The visa issue is 100% out of a tournament's control. Maybe the burden should be on the ITF to avoid granting tournament licenses to "trouble" countries rather than on tournaments to ensure visas for players, which is impossible.

ugh, why do they all suck????????
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