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Border Force brought in to hunt down 20 fugitive African athletes after they fled the Commonwealth Games village

  • The Australian Border Force have been brought in to find fugitive athletes
  • The operation was launched to find missing Commonwealth Games athletes
  • These athletes are believed to be hiding out across Australia awaiting visas 

A special operation has been launched to locate missing Commonwealth Games athletes who have overstayed their visa. 

The Australian Border Force introduced the investigation to find more than 20 athletes who fled the games over a month ago.

Contestants from Uganda, Rwanda, Cameroon and Sierra Leone left the athletes' village on the Gold Coast and failed to return to the games.

Cameroonian weightlifter, Olivier Matam is living in Melbourne but refused to comment about his stay in Australia

Cameroonian weightlifter, Olivier Matam is living in Melbourne but refused to comment about his stay in Australia

These athletes are believed to be hiding out across Australia or awaiting different refugee visas. 

It has been confirmed a number are living in Sydney a month after the Queensland event finished. 

According to the Daily Telegraph, a group of athletes left Australia on Tuesday night when their visa officially expired.

The paper confirmed Cameroonian weightlifter, Olivier Matam is living in Melbourne but refused to comment about his stay. 

Squash players Ernest Jombla and Yusif Mansaray from Sierra Leone are also believed to have remained in the country. 

It is unclear whether the athletes have received bridging visas.  

The Australian Border Force warned those who remain without a visa and don't attempt to contact government officials

The Australian Border Force warned those who remain without a visa and don't attempt to contact government officials

The Australian Border Force warned those who remain without a visa and don't attempt to contact government officials.

The statement read: 'Anyone in Australia without a valid visa will be subject to enforcement measures aimed at locating, detaining and removing them from Australia … and may also face a three-year re-entry ban'. 

Before the Games opened, Home and Affairs Minister Peter Dutton told athletes not to overstay their visas.    

Before the Games opened, Home and Affairs Minister Peter Dutton told athletes not to overstay their visas

Before the Games opened, Home and Affairs Minister Peter Dutton told athletes not to overstay their visas

 

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