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.


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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