Ukrainian esports organization NAVI have announced that they are set miss the BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2023 due to visa issues. The visa issues will see NAVI denied the chance to defend their title after winning the BLAST Premier: Spring Final in 2022.
"We regret to inform you that BLAST Premier Spring Final 2023 will take place without NAVI's participation. Despite our busy tournament schedule, we have been working hard on getting US visas, but sadly haven't been able to receive the required approvals for all the team members yet. The next tournament for NAVI CS:GO is BLAST Premier: Fall Groups, which begins on July 10 after the summer competition break," noted the NAVI statement.
NAVI’s withdrawal from BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2023 marks the continuation of NAVI’s issue in getting their team American visas, as the team was previously forced to pull out of IEM Dallas 2022 due to similar issues with their Russian-Ukrainian lineup.
NAVI consists of:
- Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyljev
- Denis "electroNic" Sharipov (IGL)
- Ilya "Perfecto" Zalutskiy
- Valerij "b1t" Vakhovsjkyj
- Andrij "npl" Kukharsjkyj
- Andrij "B1ad3" Ghorodensjkyj (Coach)