Spanish shooting athletes detained at Abu Dhabi airport

The Spanish shooting federation says four athletes have been held at the airport in Abu Dhabi since Sunday.

By: AP | Madrid | Published: October 30, 2017 4:48:56 pm

Spain shooting team, United Arab Emirates, Spanish shooting federation, Alberto Fernandez Olympic athlete Alberto Fernandez tweeted that the athletes remained detained despite the attempts by the Spanish officials. (Source: ISSF Twitter)

Four members of Spain’s shooting team have been detained at an airport in the United Arab Emirates because of problems with their weapons’ documentation.

The Spanish shooting federation says four athletes have been held at the airport in Abu Dhabi since Sunday, when they arrived for a connecting flight after competing in India.

The federation says the Spanish embassy in the UAE, as well as government officials in Spain, have been working to solve the problem.

Olympic athlete Alberto Fernandez, who won the trap gold medal in New Delhi, tweeted early Monday that the athletes remained detained despite the attempts by the Spanish officials and the shooting federation.

Spain also won the mixed team trap gold, while Fatima Galvez took silver in the women’s trap.

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