1.) First and foremost, what the heck are the "Commonwealth Games"? I've heard a lot about them this year, but don't recall ever hearing of them before. Is this just some crap someone came up with to attempt to cash in on the Olympic format? Have I just not been paying attention?
2.) What kind of spin is this?
"Obviously there is a feeling that it is not the nicest thing to do to the host country and your team mates to walk out," said Sierra Leone team spokesman Robert Green.I recall people from the communist block countries doing this during the Olympics to attempt to escape the crap they were living in. If I recall correctly, the host country (especially if it was us) was generally all for it.
Of course, Australia is a bit different, and isn't exactly accepting of people wanting to immigrate away from some crappy country. It doesn't seem to be within their interest. Hopefully the athletes can make it somewhere that they can find asylum.
3.) What kind of crap-hole is Sierra Leone that their athletes keep running away? It must really suck to live there.