The Ambassador to Canada, Orlando Viera-Blanco, formally requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to activate humanitarian resettlement protocols for the Olympic boxer, Eldric Sella, so he may be received in Canada.
“We urge UNHCR to promote the process for a dignified life,” said Viera-Blanco in a message posted on his social network account.
Mr. Sella, originally from Caracas, joined the Venezuelan national boxing team when only 18 years old but the lack of support, funds and the economic crisis forced him to leave the country.
Amid instability he left his native Caracas in 2018 and requested asylum in Trinidad and Tobago, where he had been invited to compete in a tournament.
However, after his participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as part of the Refugees Team, he will not be able to return to Trinidad and Tobago, as announced by his father, Edward Sella.
“Trinidad and Tobago denied the possibility of him re-entering the country. He can’t go back,” he said.