Here is my side of the story: After I qualified, I was notified that the WCG would be in charge of my Visa tramits for China. A few weeks ago i got the Visa document i needed to fill out by email and i was asked to send the document filled out, a biometric picture and my passport. I sent that within 24 hours and notified them. Then i didnt hear anything from them anymore for some time.
Then on the 14th of November, i got an Email from them, saying that they werent able to get my Visa, because i am from Bavaria, and you cant hand in Visa applications from Bavaria in at whatever consulate they were at. I was then told they would Expressmail it back to me and it would be there on the next day. It didnt come the next day. The mail arrived on the 16th of November when i was not at home, but i guess the mailman was told to only hand it personally or whatever because they didnt drop it in my mailbox or give it to a neighbour. They took the mail back to the center in Nuremberg (like 20 km away from where I live). I checked if I could pick it up for unfortunately it was too late on that day and they didnt open on weekends.
Now, in hindsight i should have contacted WCG staff at this point, thats my mistake.
On monday the mail came around 11 AM. Now, in hindsight, i made another mistake, i didnt open it immidiately but like an hour or two later. I then read that i have to go to the consulate in munich to get my visa, and that the visa service center is only open until 3 PM (I need about 3 hours to get there). So it was too late to go on that day. On tuesday morning i emailed the visa service center whether i can still get my visa because I started getting worried about time. Unfortunately something private got in the way and i immidiately emailed Josh Vögeding (WCG germany head or so) that i couldnt make it to the visa center on tuesday and that i probably couldnt get the visa anymore on wednesday. Shortly afterwards I got an answer from the Visa service center that i wouldnt have even gotten the Visa in time if i had come on tuesday (i would have wasted ~100€ for the trainticket, as WCG would only pay for the visafee). I also asked whether there is any kind of expressvisa, but i was told that they dont offer that at the moment.
Just so you know why it was too late: The Visa needs 4 full workdays for processing, and i would have needed to pick it up on monday 26.11 at the latest, because my flight would have went on 27.11 at noon (in frankfurt).
After i wrote Josh i wouldnt get my Visa in time, he reacted generally very rude and made it look like its all my fault. First he said that i would then have to pay for the expenses i caused, but later backed out (i think) - im not sure whether i wil get any demands here, but i will certainly contact a lawyer if i do. In the contract i signed for WCG national final it says if i "cancel" my participation on short notice i have to pay it, but i didnt cancel it. On Wednesday morning I talked with him on skype, and he asked me tro try to contact the Visaservice on the phone and explain them my situation. I called them and the person I talked to confirmed that it was too late to get it.
I was actually very much looking forward to the event and the trip to China (i love Asia!), and despite what people like to spread about me, i was practising for the event and was actually somewhat optimistic that i would have a shot at getting a decent placing, despite my bad shape.
I think its pretty shitty that there are statements released that simply give a very biased and untrue story..
I am willing to prove my point with emails and skype logs.
Greetings, Jonathan Belke