Commonwealth Games Federation bans two Indian athletes

Commonwealth Games Federation bans two Indian athletes

At the conclusion of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, 45 athletes and officials from Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone overstayed their visas or applied for protection visas once the Games had finished.

Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg has said that assuring the welfare of the athletes is their upmost priority at the moment.

No failed drugs tests have been reported at the Games, but pre-tournament testing snared three Australian athletes and a number of foreign competitors. Cameroon said the group had valid Australian visas until 15 May.

Their accreditation was suspended along with athletes are removed from the village.

"More than 40 people, including Commonwealth Games athletes, journalists and others have come in over the last 10 days looking for visas they can apply for and how they can stay in Australia", Jim MacAnally, an office administrator for Ready Migration, told CNN.

"We would appreciate them sticking within the law, enjoying themselves but sticking within the law", Beattie said.

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Under games rules only medical practitioners and athletes who give prior notice and with an approved medical condition requiring auto-injection such as diabetes can bring needles into the athletes' village.

"I think it is also important to remember that these athletes are guests here in Australia and are still within their visas and have the right to travel freely".

Last year, a member of the Rwandan para-taekwondo team, Eliezer Tuyishime, went missing from the 2017 para-taekwondo championship village in London, UK and did not return home after the competition.

The nation's two other weightlifters and men's basketball team had left Australia and were en route to Cameroon, team officials said.

The fresh decision was taking after eight athletes suddenly disappeared from Team Cameroon at the event.

"Frankly, the bottom line is it happens regularly within Australia, there is a mechanism in place to deal with it and I don't get too excited by this", he told reporters Wednesday.

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