The number of Sierra Leone athletes missing from the Commonwealth Games village here in Melbourne rose from 11 overnight to 14 – two-thirds of its 21-member team.
The police are finally taking these mysterious disappearances seriously. The extra three athletes to suddenly vanish without trace are three members of the women’s relay team who failed to run in the final at the MCG last night.
The Queen has appealed for them to return. “Please come back instantly,” she said this morning over muffins, “We have front row seats to see how fast you can run. We didn’t expect you to keep running past the finish line.”
For all she knows they’re being held against their will or they don’t like her much – or both.