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Aug 15, 2012 1:41 PM by Lauren Molenburg

Many Olympians return home, some don't want to

LONDON (AP) -- Thousands of Olympians have returned to their homelands with the end of the London Games - but more than a dozen African competitors have not.

The London Games are not the first time such reports surfaced. There is a well-established pattern of sportsmen trying to use international competitions in foreign countries as springboards to a better life.

Athletes attending the London Olympics have the legal right to stay in Britain until November with their visas, but it is too early to tell what will happen to the African athletes who went missing - they may apply to become a refugee or they may return to their countries before their visas expire.

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