An African athlete who fled the Commonwealth Games in the middle of the night, has boasted of his exploits across Australia in a series of provocative photographs. Simplice Fotsala, a 29-year-old boxer from Cameroon, has posed with his thumbs up in front of Melbourne landmarks including the city’s Arts Centre, the Seafarers Bridge and Morang train station.
The photos were posted on April 21, six days after the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games came to a close.
Fotsala was one of five athletes from conflict-torn Cameroon to go missing from the Commonwealth Games, including two boxers and three weightlifters.
The athletes were all warned they would face mandatory detention and deportation for overstaying their visas if they did not leave the country before midnight on Tuesday.
Some of the missing athletes have contacted the Refugee Advice and Casework Service in Sydney to seek protection visas, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Since posting the daring photos to his Facebook page, Fotsala has been praised by friends back home for having the ‘courage’ to flee.
The praise continued, with others saying: ‘congratulations’ and ‘force to you my bro’.
When Fotsala posted the photos to his Facebook page, he made them publicly accessible to anyone on the social media platform, including the authorities.