Missing Commonwealth Games athletes show up in Sydney

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The escaped ones are now reportedly consulting with the Refugee Advice and Casework Service in Randwick to make their stay in Australia permanent.

Some of the African athletes who disappeared during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games are now in Sydney and are seeking help to remain in Australia.

Reports say that some of the athletes may be able to remain in the country legally after receiving assistance from a refugees group.

The athletes were on sporting visas, which were due to expire at midnight tonight.

According to New Zealand Herald, the athletes have turned up in Sydney inquiring legal advice on how to stay in Australia.

Cameroon's Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou waves to the crowd during the women's 69kg weightlifting final.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton promised when the first athletes were reported missing his staff would track them down.

"Every person who seeks asylum in Australia should be subject to the same thorough investigation of their claims, be they students, visitors, workers or athletes", RACS solicitor Sarah Dale said in a statement.

There were also concerns about two Sierra Leone squash players who missed events, but their nation's authorities insisted neither athlete was missing. The Cameroon team's press attaché said: "They just left in the night". All the Cameroon athletes, except for boxer Christian Ndzie Tsoye, had competed.

Those who are removed may face a three-year re-entry ban and could be forced to foot the bill for their removal, it said. But I think it will be hard.

Cameroon athletes have gone missing from global sporting events before.

Rogue athletes aren't uncommon at big worldwide sporting events, and Australia saw similar circumstances after the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Several other athletes and officials overstayed or applied for asylum during the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006 and the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

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