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Zim athlete ‘overstayed’ in Spain

Naaz had entered the Kuwadzana-based athlete for the World Country Championships that took place last weekend, but the athlete was denied the visa after overstaying in that country last year.
Naaz president Joseph Mungwari said they were waiting for Nyasango’s response as they had already received communication from the Spanish Embassy, which denied him entry clearance on the basis that he had overstayed in that country.


“We are facing a serious problem at the moment as we have to explain to IAAF why Nyasango did not travel to Spain,” said Mungwari.

“If the explanation is not satisfactory, then we will be fined US$1 000.

“We asked (Cuthert) Nyasango to give us a written letter explaining what led to him being denied the visa.” Mungwari said Spain also risked being fined if they did not give Nyasango valid reasons for denying him the visa.

“One of the reasons why they won the right to host the race was that they would not deny anyone a visa. However, from what we got from them, Nyasango overstayed in that country last year.”

Explaining how he ended up overstaying, Nyasongo said he was not aware of a new rule in Spain that only allows a person to stay in that country for 90 days within a period of six months.

“I have already used up my days so I was denied the visa to travel to that country. I was also supposed to participate in an invitational race in that country, but I could not get a visa as well,” he said.

Nyasango’s compatriot Lewis Banda also failed to travel to Spain for the race after sustaining an injury while preparing for the race.

However, Nyasango’s wife Faith managed to travel to Spain and finished a disappointing 98th in the senior women’s race that was won by Kenya’s Vivian Jekemoi Cheruiyot.

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