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    Venezuela - Women's volleyball team, en route to Australia, 22 July 2017

    Venezuela women's volleyball team goes missing on way to play in Canberra

    Volleyball Australia officials spent 24 hours trying to locate the missing Venezuela women's volleyball team after a bizarre worldwide search on Saturday.

    A mad scramble in Canberra had officials scratching their heads after being told the team was to arrive in the capital at 6am on Saturday before playing in a world grand prix tournament at the AIS Arena.

    The confusion was compounded by ongoing political and economic unrest in Venezuela, with speculation the players were trying to escape the drama in their home country.

    Clashes between police and protesters have killed more than 100 people and injured 1500 in the anti-government protests since April. President Nicolas Maduro faces pressure to cancel plans to create a new super body called a Constituent Assembly, which would have powers to rewrite the constitution.

    Amid the crisis, applications for asylum lodged by Venezuelan nationals have added to 52,000 already this year against 27,000 in 2016, the United Nations refugee agency said this week. This represented "only a fraction" of those in need of safe harbour from violence and food shortages, it said.

    The Venezuela Embassy said it could not comment on the volleyball team or its arrival, despite the players believed to be travelling on the Presidential jet.
    Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/spor...22-gxgjyb.html

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    Missing Venezuelan volleyball team found, forced to forfeit competition in Canberra


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