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Team Cameroon jets home, hunt for missing athletes continues

12 April, 2018, 07:26 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • India's Sushil Kumar won the men's 74kg at Gold Coast- the third Commonwealth Games gold of his career

Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou of Cameroon waves to the crowd after competing during the Women's 69kg final during Weightlifting on day four of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre on April 8, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Global athletes are urged to follow their visa guidelines amid reports that five athletes from Cameroon have disappeared from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Village.

"These athletes, three weightlifters and five boxers, were part of the team that had a training camp in Warwick before getting to [the] Gold Coast".

Cameroon have declared eight of their athletes at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Australia missing according to a statement they released on Wednesday, April 11.

"In the meantime, the other two weightlifters of the delegation, along with the basketball players and officials have already left Australia and are presently airborne for Cameroon".

Cameroon team manager Victor Agbor Nso expressed dismay at the news, admitting that it is potentially damaging for the country's image on the worldwide stage and confirming that local police have been notified.

Meanwhile, the Australian government has warned athletes against overstaying their visas.

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"We would appreciate them sticking within the law, enjoying themselves but sticking within the law".

Grevemberg clarified that 22 Cameroon athletes had been flown home back to Cameroon, with 14 reportedly flying on Wednesday, since the completion of their competitions.

Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg said it was disappointing the athletes didn't show up they were scheduled to compete.

Cameroon said the group had valid Australian visas until 15 May.

But he said they should abide by their visas and return home with the team to Cameroon. "(But) I think it's important to remember that these athletes are guests and within their visas they have the right to travel freely, but this is obviously an issue that Team Cameroon is monitoring very closely".

Three-times bronze medallists, Tracey Neville's side came to the Gold Coast with high hopes of reaching the final for the first time and confidence will be sky-high after beating one of the most illustrious nations in the game 54-45.


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