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Australia rejects asylum applications for African athletes who absconded during commonwealth games Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 25, 2021

The daily mail UK is reporting that hundreds of mostly African athletes who took part in the Commonwealth games in Australia last year and disappeared when it was time to return home have had their application for asylum thrown out. 

More than 200 athletes had reportedly gone ‘missing’ in Oz following Commonwealth Games. 

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Some have lodged visa applications and extension request while others have simply disappeared with a total of 217 visa applications denied, 204 immigrants have as at now lodged appeals against the denial as they battle to legalize their stay abroad.

Six of the 230 athletes and match officials who disappeared have been repatriated home and one is being held in an immigration detention center.  

Official documents found 17 ‘unlawful non-citizens’ that took part in the Games are still in Australia, 14 of which are from Ghana and Rwanda.

A total of 13 remain unaccounted for, while four are in detention. 

A third of the Cameroon team had also gone missing, including weightlifters; Olivier Matam Matam, Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou, and Petit Minkoumba. 

Boxers; Ndzie Tchoyi, Simplice Fotsala, Fokou Arsene, Christelle Ndiag and Yombo Ulrich have also gone missing. 

Rwanda’s weightlifting coach fled the games during a break at Carrara Stadium. He said he needed to use the bathroom but never came back.

Athletes from Sierra Leone, Uganda, and other African countries also vamoosed during the games.  

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AMOS FOFUNG Nkunchoh is a multi-talented journalist with an intrinsic passion for investigative, politics and conflict reporting. He's based in the U. S.A.

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