I have applied for visas to China, Russia, & other countries. The last one in Russia was for the Olympics in Sochi and was very difficult. I started early and worked hard all the way up to just weeks before the travel dates. I know what it takes and did my homework to get it done. How about you?Uh, who is this "we" you are talking about?
I did not realize how difficult it is to get a Visa.
I have never applied for one, have you?
And based upon many commentors here, it would appear that it is a combination of us and them.
I will aver that our DIA had been diligently working this issue for the past 6 months (pick your time frame) to get it resolved, and as others have theorized, the kids went to Miami in case a last minute resolution was finalized one way or another.
I will also aver that after the team gets back and the dust has settled, Josh W will give a presser to explain more of the details of what actually happened.
I will fault the DIA for not pursuing an obvious Plan B. That being that the women's team is currently in Australia. Kofi and Andres could have easily hopped on a plane for Aussie land, grabbed a couple of wigs, and showed up to play for the women's team. In this day and age, who would have noticed?