Visa concerns for 2018 Commonwealth Games organizers

by October 11th, 2017

Gold Coast 2018 chief executive Mark Peters is hopeful that a resolution can be found with the Australian government in the coming weeks over visa concerns, which Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin called the biggest risk to next year’s event.

Concerns have been raised at the ongoing gold coast 2018 chef de mission seminar over the current visa process.

The Commonwealth Games Federation have expressed concerns regarding the procedures currently in place, with a number of persons questioning whether they are welcome in Australia.

Under the system for the games, applications need to be made separately for accreditation and visas.

It is a major move away from previous editions of the multi-sport event, where visas were part of the accreditation process.

A key problem also surrounds individuals being required to apply for their own visas for the games, including athletes, team officials and guests.

Previously, the process has been handled completely by the commonwealth games federation, team managers and chef de missions.

The decision to make individuals responsible has been met with opposition by the commonwealth games federation with fears the administrative change could lead to people missing out on attending.