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

Flyweight Boxer Christine Ongare wins Kenya its 4th Bronze despite losing 5-0 to Northern Irish Carly Mc Naul in the semis at Common wealth games./COURTESY

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

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.

Flamboyant Australian Aaron Wilson did his best Cristiano Ronaldo impression by tearing his shirt off after winning Commonwealth Games gold - in the genteel sport of lawn bowls.

"It's Australia's medal - this is for Australia", Wilson said.

Enbridge (TSE:ENB) Insider Sells 1009 Shares of Stock
It turned negative, as 68 investors sold WMT shares while 541 reduced holdings. 22 funds opened positions while 60 raised stakes. The stock has a market capitalization of $51,381.21, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.94, a PEG ratio of 1.92 and a beta of 0.63.

United Nations chief for body to determine chem attack perpetrators in Syria
Russia , which has stonewalled diplomatic efforts at the UN Security Council , has vehemently denied a chemical attack took place. But he also appeared anxious to avoid a wider conflict, saying France would "in no way allow an escalation".

[GALLERY] South Africans pay final respects to the Mother of the Nation
She appealed and was found guilty of being an accessory, and the sentence was reduced to a fine and a suspended prison term. Most of the 38-year long marriage was spent living apart with Winnie left alone to raise their children.

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.

Latest News