It’s not within our competence to decide whether Kosovo U16 team gets their visas or not and as far as I’m concerned, they could have gotten their visas yesterday or even today, Boris Spasojevic, a member of the Bosnian Basketball Association (KSBiH) Management Board and Head of the Republika Srpska (RS) entity Basketball Association told N1.
"Everyone’s looking to shift the blame to somebody else. As far as my associates and I are concerned, the visas can be approved to them today or tomorrow. He (Bosnia’s Foreign Minister Igor Crnadak) could have approved their visas three days ago. We are athletes. We’re not interested in politics or diplomacy," Spasojevic stressed.
He told N1 that it was Bosnian Foreign Minister IgorCrnadak’s decision that the Kosovo team should not get the visas to stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
"You as a television should know that the nine members of the KSBiH Management Board don’t work in the Foreign Affairs Ministry. I have nothing to do with visas. It is strictly a decision of the Minister and his associates. A year ago he approved the Kosovo handball team’s visas. This is strictly the competence of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina," Spasojevic stressed.
Bosnia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry did not approve visas for the Kosovo U16 basketball team, even though they are supposed to compete at the U 16 European Championship, Division B, which began in Sarajevo, on Thursday.