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Australia Up to 19 African athletes who fled the Commonwealth Games village turn up in Sydney seeking advice on 'how to stay in Australia'

01:30  15 may  2018
01:30  15 may  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Athletes from Cameroon are pictured during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games . A number of African athletes who went missing from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games have turned up in Sydney .

African athletes who went missing from the Commonwealth Games turned up . A number of the group are believed to have sought advice on how to stay . The competitors will face deportation or detention from midnight Tuesday.

a group of people walking in front of a crowd: Athletes from Cameroon are pictured during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Athletes from Cameroon are pictured during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games A number of African athletes who went missing from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games have turned up in Sydney.

Randwick's Refugee Advice confirmed some of the up to 19 athletes who absconded in the closing week of the Games have sought advice on how to stay in Australia, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The competitors - who are believed to be from Cameroon, Uganda, Rwanda, Sierra, Ghana and Leone, will face deportation or detention from midnight Tuesday.

Cameroon's Chef de Mission has given up hope of finding eight athletes (pictured is one, Oliver Heracles Matam Matam) who vanished during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Cameroon's Chef de Mission has given up hope of finding eight athletes (pictured is one, Oliver Heracles Matam Matam) who vanished during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Weightlifter Arcangeline Sonkbou Fouodji is one of the athletes from Cameroon who remain missing© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Weightlifter Arcangeline Sonkbou Fouodji is one of the athletes from Cameroon who remain missing

Solicitor Ben Lumsdaine from RACS refused to reveal details on individual cases however stated there was little chance that in the month since the closing ceremony there would be enough time for their critical protection visas to be assessed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

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19 African athletes who fled the Commonwealth Games village have turned up in Sydney . They're seeking advice on ' how to stay in Australia ’.pic.twitter.com/8Zklygo3Aj.

Athletes that went missing at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games have turned up in Sydney seeking legal advice on how to stay in Australia . A total of 11 are believed to be from Cameroon, while the others come from a number of other African nations.

'That's unlikely, it can take quite a long time, it depends how quickly the department respond to each claim,' Mr Lumsdaine said.

'The process can take many months, sometimes it takes years. We just hope there's a fair legal process. We don't have any vested interest in the outcomes.'

It would be possible for the athletes to apply for bridging visas while their applications were being looked at, however undertaking of that process would have needed to been lodged by now, according to Ray Turner of Turner Coulson Immigration Lawyers.

a group of people posing for the camera: Pictured: The eight athletes from Cameroon who fled the athletes' village on the Gold Coast© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Pictured: The eight athletes from Cameroon who fled the athletes' village on the Gold Coast

'If they're representing their country one might assume they're among the elite in their country,' he said, adding 'every individual has an individual case'.

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Athletes that went missing at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games have turned up in Sydney seeking legal advice on how to stay in Australia . A total of 11 are believed to be from Cameroon, while the others come from a number of other African nations.

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Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton's office did not specify if it was known how many athletes had remained in Australia or if any were at a disclosed location.

Before the Games opened, Mr Dutton warned athletes not to overstay their visas.

'Our message to the 0.5 per cent of people who might think they can overstay a visa, or not act within the considerations of that visa, is that Australia has very tough laws and they need to abide by those laws,' Mr Dutton said.

After news emerged of the group's disappearances, the minister told 2GB radio they were not going to trick the standing regulations.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Before the games Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton warned athletes not to overstay their visas© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Before the games Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton warned athletes not to overstay their visas

'These people and others who might have a similar objective need to hear this warning very clearly — they aren't going to game the system, they aren't going to stay here and the Australian Border Force officers in the compliance division there will find these people and they will be held in immigration detention until they can be deported.'

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SYDNEY , Australia — The first group of athletes to disappear from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games were weight lifters and boxers from Cameroon. Even the lead- up to this year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia was not without incident: the Australia Border Force canceled

African athletes who disappeared from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games instead of returning home have turned up in Sydney seeking legal advice on how to stay in Australia .

As the Games concluded, Cameroon's Chef de Mission said he had given up hope of finding the athletes who vanished.

Victor Agbor Nso said their fleeing of the athletes' village over the course of three days had left him drained.

Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou is pictured who is believed to be among the missing group© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou is pictured who is believed to be among the missing group a person in a boxing ring: Cameroon's Simplice Fotsala (pictured left) went missing after competing at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Cameroon's Simplice Fotsala (pictured left) went missing after competing at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast

'As far as I am aware they are still missing,' he told the ABC as he prepared to fly home.

'I have spoken, I have communicated sufficiently on this and the issue is now in the hands of the Australian Government, especially the Australian police.

'I do not want to talk about this anymore, I am concentrating on returning home.'

Mr Nso said the situation was disappointing for the African nation.

'These athletes ... were part of a team that had a training camp in Warwick before getting to [the] Gold Coast,' he said in a statement last week.

'But out here, only six of them effectively took part in their respective competitions, while two left without competing.'

Games organising committee chairman Peter Beattie said at the time that as things stood, none of the athletes had breached Australian law.

'This happens at every games, it's no surprise ... if there is a breach (of visa) Peter Dutton and his team will deal with it,' Beattie said.

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