No visas for Turkish team!!!

Norway didn’t approve visas of some players of Women’s EHF Champions League qualifer Kastamonu BGSK!

HENTBOLHABER.NET – Norway said to Kastamonu “You shall not pass”… But as all we know, neither Kastamonu is Balrog nor Norway is Gray Gandalf!

Consulate of Norway rejected visa applications of Women’s EHF Champions League qualifier Kastamonu Belediyesi Gençlik ve Spor Kulübü (Kastamonu BGSK).

Turkish champions flied to Norway without Russian Left Back Anastasia Snitysna, Belarussian Left Wing Nataliya Kotsina and Ukranian physiotherapist Anna Briks.

Kastamonu’ya etik dışı hareket Detaylar te Nataliya Kotsina/ Kastamonu Belediyesi GSK

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Club officials said there were no missing of faulty documents, they presented all documents requested for visa application. Regarding to people familiar with the matter, Consul of Norway was not at the consulate and authorized persons said they could not approve the visas because they didn’t want to take reponsibility…

Athletes, coaches and other team members carrying Service Passport (Gray Passport) of Turkish Republic. And Turkish sports teams used to have visa procedures done in hours, not even a day…

Alongside with Turks; Brazilian, Montenegrin, Crotian, Romanian players of Kastamonu got visas from Norway too. But those players and physiotherapist who couldn’t get visa had Russian, Belarussian and Ukranian passports. And they are members of a succesful Turkish team. And their nations especially Russia known better for it’s succesful athlets all over the world. 


Kastamonu Belediyesi GSK will play tough matches this weekend in Qualification Group 1 with HC Podravka Vegeta (Champions League winner) host team Vipers Kristiansand and HC Gomel. 

Head Coach Hakan Günal told that they are missing two important players because of visa issue and this means they only have 14 players in Norway including the goalkeepers. 

“If we would have been able to send on our strongest team, I would say that our chances to win against Podravka in the semi-final on Saturday would have been 60 per cent. As things are now, I would rate our chances against them to be 50 per cent at the very most” commented Hakan Günal.


Famous as a handball nation, we couldn’t believe Norway did such practises to a guest handball team.


What is a Turkish service passport:

Service passport (Turkish: Hizmet pasaportu), also referred to as Gray Passport (Turkish: Gri pasaport). It is issued to;
People who do not qualify for the Special or diplomatic passport, however, are assigned to travel abroad for official and/or government related purposes.
National athletes
Turkish citizens working for the International organizations, of which Turkey is a member
Employees of the Red Crescent
Employees of the Turkish Aeronautical Association
Spouse of the service passport holders
Unwed and unemployed children of the service passport holders who live with parents, until they turn 25.

Text: Fulya Öktem

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