Commonwealth Games: Fifty athletes in Australia ‘illegally’

Source: BBC News

Around 50 competitors have remained in Australia illegally after going missing during this year’s Commonwealth Games, a government official has said.

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Nearly 200 others hold bridging visas and are applying for refugee status.

Australia has warned it will deport those who stay in the country illegally, after dozens of competitors – including many from Africa – disappeared from the competition.

The numbers are a dramatic increase on other international sporting events.

Malisa Golightly, from the department of home affairs, told a Senate committee on Monday that the government had “had no contact” with the missing athletes, but added: “We know they haven’t left.”

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