Border Force launch operation to track down, remove missing athletes

The Australian Border Force has launched a special operation to find and remove the missing Commonwealth Games athletes who have now overstayed their visas in Australia.

More than a dozen African athletes disappeared during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

They had until midnight Tuesday to leave the country or apply for protection visas.


ABF confirmed in a statement that they will be establishing a “dedicated operation to ensure those that should depart Australia do so.”

“While the vast majority of individuals who came to Australia for the Commonwealth Games have already departed, the Australia Border Force is aware that some individuals have remained in Australia,” the statement reads.

“Some individuals have already applied for other visas. Those cases will be rigorously assessed in line with standard processes.

“For those who attempt to remain in the community without engaging with authorities, they should be aware that anyone in Australia without a valid visa will be subject to enforcement measures aimed at locating, detaining and removing them from Australia.”

The ABC said the missing athletes who are removed may also face a three year re-entry ban from Australia and may owe a debt to the Australian Government for the cost of their removal.

“Anyone who is still in Australia without a valid visa should depart immediately, or contact the Department of Home Affairs to discuss their visa status.”