Five members of the Eritrean track team have been found after they went missing during the world championships at the University of Oregon in Eugene, which was held from July 15-24. The East African athletes and their coach, who were reported missing on the last day of the championships, were found and were not in danger, The News Tribune reports.
The missing men were 18-year-old Habtom Samuel Keleta, 18-year-old Merhawi Mebrahtu Teweldebererhan, 24-year-old Ande Filmon, 24-year-old Yemane Teklehaim Haileselassie and 44-year-old Berhe Asgedom Nigusse.
Police said the Eritreans were staying in university housing that was contracted for use during the championships. During the search, police said they didn’t find any evidence of foul play and the men appeared to leave by their own choice.
According to CBS Sports, athletes have previously used international championships as an opportunity to flee their countries, and Eritrea has been troubled by political unrest. However, police have not confirmed whether the latest incident is related to a similar situation.
The Eritrean National Athletics Federation said the athletes are now resuming activities with the team.