The increase in restrictions for flights entering Argentina, in order to stop as much as possible the entry of the variant Delta of COVID-19, brought with it logical difficulties for many people who wanted to enter the country. This is the case of multiple athletes who, after finishing their competitions or their seasons abroad, they can’t go back. And they ask, on the verge of despair, for help to return to albiceleste soil.
Nicolas Capogrosso, a volleyball player who along with Julián Azaad, Bautista Amieva and Leandro Aveiro got one of the tickets to the Olympic Games for beach volleyball this past weekend, told on Instagram that they are stranded, in their case in Chile, just like women (Cecilia Peralta, Brenda Churín, Ana Gallay and Fernanda Pereyra), who also obtained the ticket to Tokyo 2020.
“On the Chilean side we have all the necessary permits to leave, but from Argentina, for some reason, they don’t sign the paper necessary to enter the country by land. To those responsible for that firm, we ask that they please act. We left the country to look for a classification, we want to return to prepare responsibly for that competition, “he wrote.
Volleyball player Nicolás Capogrosso’s request for help, stranded in Chile.
In dialogue with Clarion, the volleyball player assured that in his case they were not made to sign any sworn statement (like the one signed by many people in which accept the possibility of not being able to return), but added that they contacted him to let him know that this Thursday they would be receiving authorization to return.
His most regret, anyway, is “the missed training week“.
Nicolás Capogrosso, Bautista Amieva, Leandro Aveiro and Julián Azaad, the Argentines who qualified for Tokyo in Beach Volley. Photo Twitter @Voley_FeVA
Lucas Fresno he is one of the athletes who were stranded, in this case, in Europe. The young man just 17 years old, He left three months ago to play in Italy, in his first experience abroad, where he lives alone. He walked away from the family to represent the Stellazzurra, one of the clubs whose youth academy is one of the best in the world.
After his participation with the team, with which he played the most prestigious U-18 tournament on the continent (the Euroleague), it was his turn to return to Argentina. However, they canceled the flight in the last hours. And he exposed his situation with a video to this newspaper that he later shared on social networks.
“I had my ticket for tomorrow (Thursday), supposedly at 7 in the morning I was going to have a flight to go from Rome to Madrid. From there I was going to have to make a 14-hour layover to go to Ezeiza,” he explained, not without before remarking that the second flight, the one that would bring him to Argentina, they had already changed it.
“In Migrations they changed my flight to engage more people and save a flight; that’s what they had told me. Today I checked in online. I was aware of the news in Argentina, but They had told me that my flight was fine, that I would be able to travel“He added regarding the government’s determination to reduce to 600 the number of people who can enter from abroad.
“Three hours ago they canceled my Madrid-Ezeiza flight. They did not give me a rescheduling: they canceled it. And I cannot say anything to the people of the airline, which I am not going to name, because the truth is that they do not have blame; they are outside the decisions made by the national government, they do not know if they are going to authorize flights or not. So here I am, looking for a flight without knowing if I will be able to travel“he added, dismayed.
Of course, for the kid, who at the age of 17 went to try his luck and look for a future, being with his family is more than necessary. “I have read a lot of opinions in networks … As a basketball player, like many other athletes, we have vacations in the European summer. They are more or less a month. And most likely, if I cannot return now, I can’t come back until next year“he explained.
Lucas Fresno, first from left, is a regular on the youth basketball teams. Instagram photo
“I am very ashamed to ask for help but I feel like it’s the only thing left for me. I have written to Migrations, everywhere. The people at the club looked for flights for me, they were barbaric, but the chances are that even if they get me a flight they will soon cancel it again. This no longer depends on anyone, only the government, “Fresno stressed.
“We are many stranded and I believe that we all have the right to enter the country. We should be able to enter, and I know that they are going to tell me that there is the Delta variant, and that the first thing is health, and I tell them that I have no problem in do the quarantine as the government said, I have no problem waiting in my house until I can leave, “he reinforced in his words.
“It hurts to tell my mom that I can’t go, tell my dad that the barbecue we wanted to share is going to have to wait, “he added, with the sadness of a boy his age, undeniable, on his face.
And it’s not the only one. In the same situation, as he told this newspaper, “they are also Benjamín Marchiaro, Santiago Beyrne and Jerónimo Maidana“, who play in the academy of Varese, team in which Luis Scola plays. And his partner in the Stellazzurra Matias Zanotto.
What’s more, “Gaston Sabotig He is another boy who was from my city and now plays here and has a flight for tomorrow after it is canceled several times, but he thinks they are going to cancel it again, “Lucas added.
Another Lucas, Sigismonti, confirmed to this newspaper that this same Wednesday they confirmed a flight for Friday, but of course, until he goes up, he will not know if he will be able to travel.