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Australia set to deport two Ugandan athletes

eightlifter Kalidi Batuusa was one of the athletes who vanished in Australia

eightlifter Kalidi Batuusa was one of the athletes who vanished in Australia

Two Ugandan athletes who disappeared during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia are to be deported.

John Mosco Onyik, the board chairman of the National Council of Sports (NCS) said that the two of the athletes who are under detention by the Australian government will be deported before the end of the year.
"We have been in contact with the authorities and the two out of the six who run away will be deported soon," Onyik told URN.

Although Onyik refused to disclose the names of the two athletes, the six who vanished during the Games in April this year include; Irene Kasubo and Kalidi Batuusa (weightlifting), Regan Ssimbwa and Nasir Bashir (boxing), Halima Nambozo (table tennis) and cyclist Vienna Ssekanga.

Onyik warned that the government is going to put in place strict measures to sporting associations and federations before their athletes are cleared to travel for international competitions.

When contacted, Beatrice Ayikoru, who was Uganda's chief de mission at the Games, she said she had no information on the two athletes who are reportedly arrested awaiting deportation.

After the Games ended in late April, the Australian Home Affairs minister, Peter Dutton, urged the athletes who stayed back in Australia to present themselves to authorities, and warned they could be deported for breaching visa conditions if they did not "self-declare".
Uganda won three gold medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games through Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei (2 medals) and Stella Chesang. Mercyline Chelangat also won a bronze medal in athletics and another bronze by boxer Juma Miiro in boxing.


+1 #1 Akot 2018-10-20 19:14
Well, we remember Congolese handicaps refused to go back home after games & asked for asylum in UK saying no one takes care of them in DRCongo!

Whether it's running away from wars, dictatorship, poverty..., the reason for not wanting to go back is the same: they all want better life!

Have Ugandans not seen/heard that French football is more than half Africans? This made some French say, after they won the World Cup a second time: "It's not France that won but Africa"!
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+1 #2 kabayekka 2018-10-21 08:30
It is necessary for the Austrialian government to come out and give the reasons why they are deporting these Ugandan African citizens.

Australia is leaving in a world of its own different from what the international community is experiencing concerning mass immigration.

Third and Second World countries are suffering very much from economic and military civil wars of the kind of the Second World War that happened 1939/45. Australia must wake up to this sort of modern suffering if it wants to have a human face on this planet.
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+1 #3 Jama 2018-10-21 15:38
Its not human to deport these athletes, who didn't wish to return and practice sports under,under unfavorable conditions facilitated by an oppressive and irresponsible regime.

Nobody knows what awaits them in Uganda after deportation. Where are the human rights organizations?
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