World Championships in Athletics: Nearly 100 visa issues for athletes and officials remain unresolved ahead of U.S. competitions

A total of 374 visa cases have been referred to a joint team consisting of the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), Oregon22 and World Athletics, with 255 cases so far resolved and 99 cases pending, the spokesman said.

This is the first time the World Championships in Athletics has been hosted in the United States, and it is the most significant athletics event in the country since the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Former American sprinter and four-time Olympian Michael Johnson called the situation “ridiculous.”

“It is known that the entry visa to the United States can be one of the most difficult and [World Athletics] and the organizing committee was not ahead of this?” he tweeted.

“[Seb] Coe and Max [Siegel] said that these world championships are an opportunity to develop the sport in the USA. But gave no strategy,” Johnson added in a later tweet.

“I said it wouldn’t work if the strategy wasn’t implemented EARLY to ensure the success of the #1 move for these champions. For example, to ensure that people can participate in a notoriously difficult process?”

Kenyan Ferdinand Omañala, who set the African 100m record in 9.77 seconds last year and became the third fastest man in the world this season, is one of the biggest names facing visa issues.

The 26-year-old was fortunate that those issues were eventually resolved, but according to the BBC, he will arrive in Eugene, Oregon, less than three hours before the start of the men’s 100m races on Friday.