SYDNEY - Almost 200 people who travelled to the Gold Coast for last month's Commonwealth Games have applied for asylum in Australia, an official said Monday.
Several participants from Africa vanished during the international event held on the east coast from April 4-15.
A handful of African athletes resurfaced and sought legal advice on how to apply for asylum last week after their Games visas expired on May 15, refugee advocates said at the time.
Some 205 competitors or support staff "are now lawfully in the country because they've applied for a visa of some type", Malisa Golightly from the Home Affairs Department told a parliamentary hearing in Canberra.
She said some 190 "have applied for a protection visa", while around 10 to 15 had sought other types of visa.