Thursday, March 23, 2006

And They're Off!

The Commonwealth Games are so great that the athletes can't get away fast enough!

Currently, seven athletes from Sierra Leone, one from Tanzania and another from Bangladesh have disappeared from the Games Village.

Of course, that's nothing new for Sierra Leone. After all, 21 competitors from that nation went missing back in 2002 at the Manchester Games.

According to Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon:
``It's a matter for us to try to understand what's happened to them, so if they have suffered foul play we would be able to find that out and investigate.''

According to Nilk: I reckon they will lay low in their respective communities and when the fuss dies down come out of hiding and claim asylum.

There seems to be a growing trend of athletes absconding:

Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games: The Sierra Leoneans, 4 Bangladeshis and 1 Pakistani swimmer

Ireland Special Olympics 2003:4 Nigerians (3 athletes, 1 coach)

United Kingdom 2005: 8 soccer players from Zimbabwe

United Kingdom 2002:43 Nigerian golfers

Sydney Olympics, 2000: 1 Tunisian, 1 Gabonese

Atlanta Olympics, 1996: 3 Pakistani

Finland, 2003: 3 Sierra Leonean soccer players claimed asylum.

I could be wrong, but I don't think foul play is very likely. Not with the trends as they are.


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