Runaway Commonwealth Games athletes to face deportation from Australia: home affairs minister

NZ's Troy Garton left and Anja Stridsman of Australia exchange blows

GETTY IMAGES NZ's Troy Garton left and Anja Stridsman of Australia exchange blows

Before the Games opened on 4 April, Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton warned that athletes would be closely monitored to ensure they did not overstay their visas and that they returned home after competition ended.

The missing athletes are weightlifters Olivier Matam Matam, Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou and Petit Minkoumba, and boxers Christian Ndzie Tsoye, Simplice Fotsala, Arsene Fokou, Ulrich Yombo and Christelle Ndiang.

Peter Dutton said that if the athletes did not leave the country by May 15, he would track them down and "lock them in a local watch house" until they could be deported.

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Authorities have held talks with local African community leaders, who say they have not had any contact from the missing athletes.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has confirmed reports that athletes from Rwanda and Uganda have also gone missing along with two squash players from Sierra Leone.

"It happens at every Games and it's not a surprise".

"Right now we are anxious about the safety and welfare of the athletes and we are taking this very seriously and monitoring the situation with team Cameroon". "There are mechanisms in place and they haven't breached their visas".

In February Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton warned games visitors including athletes and officials, must abide by their visa conditions or else face outcome under Australian law.

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