After the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne 61 athletes and officials defected. Heroes, every one of them, in an era when switching from east to west – or vice versa – made the humans themselves prized trophies, coveted propaganda wins in the endless Cold War dick-measuring contest. Following last month’s Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast it has been revealed that around 200 athletes and officials have outstayed their visas and are now seeking asylum. (Another 50 remain in the country illegally.) It is not called defecting today, you’ll note, even if it is from the sort of places that first world countries like Australia love to define themselves against.
Written by Marina Hyde
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/23/ustralia-commonwealth-games-unwilling-to-share-the-dream under the title “Australia becomes the latest host country unwilling to ‘share its dream’ | Marina Hyde”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.