Growing trend of asylum bids after sporting events


Organising committee chairman Peter Beattie said they had worked hard with the Australian government on the entry system and he "encouraged" the 6,000 visiting athletes and officials not to breach the terms of their visas.
Organising committee chairman Peter Beattie said they had worked hard with the Australian government on the entry system and he "encouraged" the 6,000 visiting athletes and officials not to breach the terms of their visas.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Instances in Australia and elsewhere a stark reflection of broader global refugee crisis

During the recent Commonwealth Games in Australia, a group of competitors from Cameroon slipped out of the athlete village over three nights and disappeared.

Eight weightlifters and boxers, a third of the entire team, are believed to be seeking refugee status in Australia. But they are not alone.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 02, 2018, with the headline 'Growing trend of asylum bids after sporting events'. Print Edition | Subscribe