Silver medalist at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Ukrainian wrestler Zhan Beleniuk twice denied a visa to Germany. This athlete described the incident on his Instagram.
"Before the visa-free regime, we are asked to suffer the next "few weeks" (corresponding to a vote in the European Parliament to be held on the second Sunday of October), but getting this visa for Ukrainians increasingly resembles a protracted quest and often with a humiliating result," he wrote.
Athlete feels humiliated by the second denial a Schengen visa with absurd explanations.
"The first time the reason indicated that "it is unclear for what means you will stay in Germany", they say my salary is too low. And for the second time, when applying for a Schengen visa, an official document of refusal stated the following: "The information about the purposes and conditions of the intended stay was not convincing." It looks taking part in competitions with the wrestling club is not a good enough reason to go there..." Beleniuk says.
"I will go to appeal, just because we never give up!" athlete concluded.
Commissioner Johannes Hahn earlier had declared that EU will cancel visas for Ukrainians next month.