Seven Cameroonian athletes have fled from their accommodation at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, team officials said on Wednesday. This breakfast will give me the opportunity to congratulate numerous New Zealand athletes participating in the Games.
The organizers say athletes from Rwanda and Uganda were thought to have gone missing, with the whereabouts of two squash players from Sierra Leone still unknown. The first round of missing athletes were discovered on Sunday when three of the team "departed the village". "For now, we concentrate on supporting our athletes in winning more medals to the glory of our fatherland and will not want to be distracted", Popoola said.
"If Nigeria continues to look out for genuine talents like this, we will soon get back to glorious days", he said.
Dutton said if any of the missing athletes claimed protection status, Border Force would test each case.
Eight of them are said to be from Cameroon.
Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg stressed the athletes remain guests in Australia despite their disappearance.
Under Games rules, only medical practitioners and athletes with an approved medical condition requiring auto-injection such as diabetes can bring needles into the athletes' village.
More than 100 athletes reportedly overstayed their visas at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and some later asked for asylum.
While coach Mark Hopkins may point to a "super-exciting young side with unlimited talent", the real trick will be convincing SASCOC to permit them to travel to the next big global competition - the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
"The compliance officers will be out there, I promise, tracking these people down and they'll be deported as quickly as possible", he told Macquarie Radio.