Team Spirit and BetBoom Team Secure Visas For Stockholm Major 2022
The visa situation with the Eastern European teams for the Stockholm Major 2022 was always going to be problematic considering the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. There were talks of Eastern European teams competing in the Major from a remote location if the visa situation could not be solved. However, it looks like Team Spirit and BetBoom Team will not need to resort to that situation.
The two teams have already secured visas for all of their players, which means that we will be seeing them compete with their full roster in the ESL One Stockholm 2022 Major. It is unclear if Mind Games, the third team in the Eastern European region, have secured visas for their players.
SoNNeikO confirms that BetBoom Team has received its visas
BetBoom Team’s captain Akbar "SoNNeikO" Butaev posted on Vk, stating that his team has secured the visas in order to compete in the Stockholm Major 2022. BetBoom Team features five Russian players and an Ukrainian coach. The team’s roster is:
Nikita "Daxak" Kuzmin
Denis "Larl" Sigitov
Evgeniy "Noticed" Ignatenko
Maksim "forcemajor" Meretskii
Akbar "SoNNeikO" Butaev
Andrey "Mag" Chipenko (Coach)
Mira confirms that Team Spirit has secured its visas
Team Spirit’s support Miroslaw "Mira" Kolpakov also confirmed that he and his teammates have secured the visas required to travel to Sweden for the Major. Mira reportedly confirmed this on Andrii "ALWAYSWANNAFLY" Bondarenk’s livestream, earlier this week. Team Spirit’s roster features three Russian players, two Ukrainian players, and a Russian coach:
Illya "Yatoro" Mulyarchuk
Alexander "TORONTOTOKYO" Khertek
Magomed "Collapse" Khalilov
Miroslaw "Mira" Kolpakov
Yaroslav "Miposhka" Naidenov
Airat "Silent" Gaziev (Coach)
ESL One Stockholm 2022 Major will be held from May 12 to May 22 in Stockholm, Sweden (with spectators). The tournament will feature $500K USD prize money and 3,530 DPC points will be up for grabs. In total, 14 teams will be competing at this event.