12 Jul All-Female Afghan Robotics Team Granted Entry to the U.S. for Robotics Competition
All-Girls Robotics Team from Afghanistan Reported Approved for Entry to the United States – along with Gambia, Yemen, Libya, and Iran earlier this week – for International Robot Olympics for High School Students
100% of Visa Approval Rate: All 163 Participating Teams from 157 Nations Approved for Entry to the United States for Robotics Competition in Washington, D.C.
For Immediate Release
July 12, 2017
Washington, D.C. – It has been reported that the all-female robotics teams from Afghanistan will compete alongside nearly 160 other nations in this year’s FIRST Global Challenge – founded by Dean Kamen — an international robotics competition taking place in Washington, D.C., live streamed here starting on July 16 at 5:30 EDT (9:30 PM GMT) and July 17 and 18 at 8:30 AM EDT (12:30 PM GMT), this week. After going through the visa process twice, the U.S. State Department subsequently granted the team entry to the United States. Similarly, Team Gambia had their visas approved this last week after being denied the first time.
FIRST Global President, former U.S. Navy Admiral and Congressman Joe Sestak said, “I truly believe our greatest power is the power to convene nations, to bring people together in the pursuit of a common goal and prove that our similarities greatly outweigh our differences. That is why I am most grateful to the US Government and its State Department for ensuring Afghanistan, as well as Gambia, would be able to join us for this international competition this year.”