Leaders of Canada’s kayak and canoeing communities have joined forces to get federal immigration officials to lift a ban on a Ugandan team due to take part in the World Freestyle Kayaking Championships on the Ottawa River later this month.
According to documents obtained by the Citizen, the Canadian officials, based in Nairobi, Kenya, have twice rejected visa applications from the four athletes over concerns they won’t return home.
The documents also suggest that the officials consider the reasons for the quartet’s proposed visit to Canada as unclear despite supporting documentation from canoe and kayaking and other organizations clearly stating the purpose.
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Source: Ottawa Citizen