Due to an unvaccinated player, the Mexican team will be unable to travel to Brazil.
Atheris Esports has announced that they will not compete in the LATAM SI 2022 Closed Qualifiers. The news comes after rumors that Atheris would be unable to attend had been circulating for a few days.
Atheris is unable to travel to Brazil, according to various anonymous sources to SiegeGG, because Lus “Guicho” Gómez has not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19.
When Brazil’s travel restrictions changed four days ago, Atheris’ attendance was called into question. Beginning December 18, travelers were required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Although this said restriction may be lifted, the closed qualifier is also scheduled to take place in less than a month, making that possibility unlikely in the near future.
On the same day that the restrictions were changed, Alejandro “MYMALK4PON3” Leyva, the owner of Atheris and a well-known Mexican streamer, asked on Twitter if anyone knew of a place in Mexico City that delivered one-shot vaccines.
As a result, Fenix Esports is the tournament’s only Mexican team. However, they are having issues with their line-up as well. Eduardo “Luxor” Ortz has reportedly been fired from the team, as he stated earlier today in a TwitLonger.
Leyva also stated on his Twitch stream that the said organization does not see a future in Siege, despite the fact that the players are under contract until “February or March.”
As a result, it’s unclear whether the playing roster will remain intact or if the players will split up for the 2022 season.