More athletes and officials from international athletics teams have gone missing after the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmngham.
The latest missing reports come from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Ghana, Botswana and Cameroon, a Ghanaian news house – ModernGhana has said. A delegate from Ghana, Cameroon and Botswana is reported missing.
The West Midlands Police spokesperson said: “We have received a total of 17 missing person reports from visiting Commonwealth Games delegations – 13 competitors and four other delegation members. Of these, nine have since been found and eight remain unresolved. We conduct surveys of immigration officers to ensure they are safe and healthy.
“Of the eight still missing, five are Sri Lankan, two Pakistani and one Ghanaian (the latter was a member of the delegation, not a competitor).”
Earlier, BirminghamWorld reported that 12 delegates from Sri Lanka were missing and two athletes from Pakistan were missing.
Ghana has won five Commonwealth Games medals, Botswana has won two and Ghana has won three.
The Commonwealth Games ended on August 8 and delegates were due to leave the same week. However, some athletes and other contingent members disappeared before that. A dozen members of the Sri Lankan team disappeared the week before the end of the Games. Much like Sri Lanka, African nations also face some form of conflict or political instability in their home countries.
Ghana has faced an economic crisis after strict lockdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, Cameroon has been in conflict for several years between different factions of society and, although Botswana is one of the most politically stable democracies in Africa, it has been ruled by a single party since independence.
In 2018, two Ghanaian athletes went missing in Gold Coast. As many as 20 athletes and delegates from various countries had disappeared from the 2018 Games. Eight Cameroonians, five Ugandans, two from Sierra Leone and one Kenyan, one Rwandan and one Tanzanian all missed out, InsidetheGames reported.
Current athletes and delegates are entitled to stay in the UK for six months until their visa expires.
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