African athletes disappearing at the on-going Australian Commonwealth games have increased to 13, with five more also missing from Uganda and Rwanda.
Initially, eight competitors from Cameroon were suspected to have fled before the confirmation today that athletes from Rwanda and Uganda have also gone into the thin air.
The number of the missing athletes may even go higher as organisers of the game in Gold Coast verify the whereabouts of two squash players from Sierra Leone.
Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg said, “We’re obviously looking at it very carefully,”.
“We have a service to people who have legitimate visas to be in this country. Until it becomes a true issue and somebody has outstayed their visa, or have formally applied for asylum, we just need to continue to monitor the situations. The focus now is to support teams in trying to track down the athletes who are missing”.