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Missing Commonwealth Games athletes resurface, want asylum in Australia

SYDNEY: A number of African athletes who went missing from the Commonwealth Games last month have resurfaced seeking advice on gaining asylum in Australia, refugee advocates said Tuesday. More than a dozen were suspected of fleeing during the showpiece event on the Gold Coast. Among them were competitors from Rwanda, Uganda and Sierra Leone, while authorities have also been seeking to verify the whereabouts of eight athletes from conflict-hit Cameroon -- one third of the central African country's 24-strong team. The…

Wrestler Muhammad Inam wins first gold medal for Pakistan in Commonwealth Games

Wrestler Muhammad Inam made his country proud by winning the first gold medal for Pakistan in 86kg category freestyle men’s wrestling in Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, Australia, on Saturday. Inam defeated Nigeria’s Melvin Bibo who picked up the silver medal in the final game. Pakistani wrestler won the fight by 6-0. The 29-year-old wrestler played four fights and won all of them. He also won the fight against Indian wrestler Somveer. Athletes from Pakistan have also won four bronze during the games. The same day…

Pakistani weightlifter Noor grabs bronze medal at Commonwealth Games

GOLD COAST: The 20-year-old Pakistan’s weightlifter Muhammad Noor Dastagir Butt grabbed bronze medal in the +105kg weight category in the ongoing XXI Gold Coast Commonwealth Games being played at different venues on Monday. It was the second bronze medal came in the weightlifting for Pakistan After lifting 173kg in snatch, he successfully lifted 222kg in his first attempt of clean and jerk to confirm his medal. David Lityi of New Zealand claimed gold medal with 403kg weight by recording 166kg, 174kg in snatch and 220kg…

Commonwealth Games: Pakistan’s two stunning goals clinch draw against India

GOLD COAST: As the fans expected, the India vs Pakistan hockey opener at the 2018 Commonwealth Games was no less than a high-voltage drama and in the concluding moments it became a nail-biter Pakistan in the second half scored two dramatic goals from a point when they trailing 0-2 against India. All the excitement came down to the last seven seconds as the Indian hockey conceded late goals that left them with a disappointing 2-2 draw against Pakistan in its Commonwealth Games opener in Gold Coast on Saturday. For…

Indian arrested for smuggling ‘fake journalists’ into Australia

SYDNEY: An Indian journalist has been arrested in Australia for helping eight people enter the country using fake media credentials to cover the Commonwealth Games, authorities said Thursday. The group told officials at Brisbane airport that they had arrived to cover the Commonwealth Games. The main accused, Rakesh Sharma, has been charged with human trafficking and is facing up to 20 years in jail. The nine visitors, all from India, were flagged as possible "non-genuine travellers" when they transited through Thailand…

Indian female athletes to dump sari for trousers at Commonwealth Games ceremony

NEW DELHI: India's women athletes will for the first time wear trousers and a blazer instead of a traditional sari at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Australia, a move that has pitted reformers against traditionalists. Many Indian women competitors have welcomed the dark blue blazer and trousers that the Indian Olympic Association said was introduced at the request of the country's athletes' commission. But female stars like badminton ace PV Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik, both Olympic medalists, prefer…

Durban loses right to host 2022 Commonwealth Games

DURBAN: Durban has lost the right to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) president Gideon Sam told Reuters on Monday. "This is a huge disappointment for us and for the whole African continent. But without the necessary government guarantees, we couldn’t move on," the Commonwealth Games Federation vice-president said by telephone. "Everybody was very excited to see the Commonwealth Games staged in Durban, which was very well equipped to host the event, but…