Muslim ban stops athlete from being able to compete in New York

Tanveer Hussain has been told by the US embassy that the “current policy” means he will not be able to take part in the 2017 world snowshoe championship at Serenac Lake, New York. Hussain has previously participated in the world snowshoe championship. His coach, Abid Khan, told the BBC “”We had local government recommendation and also the invitation and verification letter from the New York snowshoe federation. But as soon as a lady visa officer at the US embassy in Delhi read our names, she went inside a cabin and came back after a few minutes. She said she was sorry, but that she could not help us due to the current US policy”.

The current policy was put in place under Trump; it means citizens from seven countries Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen, (not including India) do not have access into America for 90 days. The mayor of the county is worried the affect it will have on their international friendship. The US embassy in Delhi has told the mayor and two senators that they “could not comment on individual visa applications for reasons of privacy”, but stressed that the order does not affect Indian citizens.