Cameroon boxer Simplice Fotsala, one of the eight athletes who vanished from the Gold Coast athletes’ village last month, appears to have been living it up in Melbourne, reports from Australia say.
On one of several Facebook pages belonging to the reportedly fun-loving 29-year-old, he openly poses, grinning and pointing, before Melbourne’s Arts Centre and the Seafarers Bridge.
He is also pictured posing on some of Melbourne’s city streets with his thumbs up and at a railway station by a train bound for the northeast Melbourne suburb of Morang.
His friends back in Cameroon applaud the fact he has got away with escaping.
Missing African athletes granted bridging visas
Some of the 11 African athletes who went missing during the Commonwealth Games have been given bridging visas to stay in Australia temporarily.
Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has urged the competitors to give themselves up with the visas they were issued for the Gold Coast Games due to expire at midnight on Tuesday.
But the head of a service that helps refugees migrate to Australia says some of the 11 have already got bridging visas.
When an individual lodges an application to stay in Australia they are usually granted a bridging visa until the government determines whether they are owed protection as refugees.
But Mr Dutton’s office on Tuesday refused to say if any of the athletes had bridging visas. He urged them to present themselves to Australian Border Force officers.
The missing athletes include five boxers and three wrestlers from Cameroon, two athletes from Uganda and a Rwandan Paralympic powerlifting coach.