US 'late' in lifting visa ban on Iranian archers

Visas issued just three days ahead of Indoor Archery World Cup in Las Vegas, head of Iranian archery federation says

US 'late' in lifting visa ban on Iranian archers

World Bulletin / News Desk

The U.S. was late to lift a visa ban on Iranian archers who were planning to compete in a world archery event in Las Vegas, according to the head of Iran's Archery Federation on Wednesday.

Visas were issued just three days prior to the three-day Indoor Archery World Cup scheduled to start on Friday, Mohammad Ali Shojaei said in a statement on the official website of the federation.

"Since the visas were issued late by the U.S. Embassy in Armenia, we are not able to participate in the tournament," Shojaei added.

The order U.S. President Donald Trump signed Jan. 27 -- just a week into his term as president -- bars nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days, and freezes the government's entire refugee program for 120 days. Syrians are banned indefinitely, while Syrian Christians are prioritized for entry.

Before it was halted following a Seattle, Washington, federal court's restraining order last Friday, the executive action caused tens of thousands of visa revocations and dozens of arrests at airports, triggering mass demonstrations across the country.

In reaction to the ban, Iran on Friday announced that American wrestlers were banned from entering the country to compete in a freestyle World Cup. The ban was lifted Sunday following the restraining order.

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