Astralis' CSGO coach, Martin "trace" Heldt, has been denied entry to the United States. A promotional trip to Iran in 2012 means that he can't get a travel authorization. The coach will not be able to participate in the upcoming IEM Dallas.
trace went to Iran in 2012, as part of a promotional tour for Fnatic. A player at the time, a took part in show matches in both China and Iran.
According to trace, he would have to apply for an official visa to enter the states, something that could take a long time to sort out.
Sadly, because of a CS-trip to Iran 10 years ago, I need a visa(which takes months)instead of a simple esta-application 🙁 I will help the team from back home instead. LET'S GO!!! #ToTheStars https://t.co/rKEZYsYawt— Martin Heldt (@astralistrace) May 28, 2022
Assistant coach Dennis "VNG" Vang will likely take over coaching duties, with trace helping the team from his home in Denmark.
trace only recently became head coach for Astralis, initially as a stand-in for Alexander "ave" Holdt who was serving a Valve ban, before permanently replacing him.
He previously coaches Astralis Talent and Ecstatic.