Russian CS:GO players probably not attending the IEM Rio Major Europe RMR because of visa issues – Many Russian CS:GO players like 1WIN, Benched Heroes, Aurora and K23 may not be participating in the European Regional Major Ranking for the IEM Rio Major and IEM Dallas also due to visa issues, according to reports from Dust2.dk Cybersport and HLTV.
At the beginning of this month, the European Commission tightened the processing of visas for Russian citizens. Russian citizens who need short-term visas to travel within the European Union face problems as consulates can now prioritize non-essential travel, extend the decision from 15 to 45 days and they are asking for additional documents.
many visa issues currently with our benchedheros roster, unsure what the final lineup will look like but onec we have updates we will update you all soon:(
— Owen Butterfield (@smooyacs) September 22, 2022
Europe RMR will run in Malta from October 4-9, and the participation of Russian players in 1WIN, K23, Aurora, and Benched Heroes is reportedly uncertain. These teams have run into visa issues, and the list of players who could miss the competition includes Eugene “Aunkere” Karyat (Benched Heroes) and Denis “deko” Zhukov (1WIN).
If the Russian players on those teams do not secure visas in time for the RMR, it is unclear whether they will be allowed to seek last-minute replacements. ESL rules for the tournament state that teams can only use one substitute and they must be submitted before the roster lock on September 8, meaning teams needing more than one substitute may have to withdraw.
In the event that one of the teams withdraws from RMR, ESL will select the next team in order from the fourth and final open qualifier held in August. First on the list is the all-Polish team Illuminar, and second is Mihailo “Dosia” Stolyarova’s team, Forward.
Let us see what is going to happen at the end. whether the Russian players can come to the IEM Rio major or their names will be withdrawn from the tournament.