US Secretary of State John Kerry watches a beach volleyball match at the 2016 Summer Olympics (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- An immigration issue is the reason “Mr. Skyball” plays for Italy’s No. 2 men’s beach volleyball team.
Adrian Carambula was born in Uruguay but moved to Florida when he was 13 and lived out his teen years there. But he doesn’t play in the United States or even visit anymore because, according to Carambula, he he unknowingly overstayed his visa while growing up.
That made for an interesting coincidence earlier in the Olympics.
Best known for his signature high serve called the Skyball, Carambula and partner Alex Ranghieri played in the very first match of the Olympics at the Copacabana venue last week. In the stands was U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
When it was pointed out that the American official had attended the match, Carambula told The Associated Press, “Maybe he can help me.”
Carambula lives in Rome now, and he’s able to play for Italy because of an Italian grandmother.
Carambula plays on the international tour but he and Ranghieri skip events in the United States because Carambula has that lingering visa issue.