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Cameroonian athletes desert Commonwealth Games

16 April, 2018, 02:03 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Paul Drinkhall

"These athletes left in three waves - first in the night of April 8 three athletes departed from the village".

"The focus now is to support teams in trying to track down the athletes who are missing".

Cameroon chef de mission Victor Agbor Nso said the eight athletes who had left the village did so at three different stages. "We have no idea where they are". It wasn't the way their training or their training camp was conducted.

Two athletes from Sierra Leone the latest to go missing at the Commonwealth Games.

He said they were "taking the mickey". The Cameroon team has reported her missing.

The athletes' visas are yet to expire, with authorities aware of the incident but not now pursuing a missing person's case.

The athletes include five boxers and three weightlifters.

"I appreciate that it's not unimaginable, certainly you could hire a vehicle and drive here, but if that was the case someone would know about it".

Three more boxers have since vanished, sparking an Australian Border Force manhunt.

Cameroon officials on Wednesday made a decision to fly 14 athletes, including the entire 12-man basketball team, home immediately after they had completed their competitions.

"We obviously have been in close contact with Cameroon officials", he said.

"We have also laid a formal complaint to the Australian police".

Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg said his organisation was monitoring the situation but until the missing Cameroonians broke Australian law it was a matter for them and their team officials.

The Commonwealth Games Federation has stated the athletes would be monitored, however they have the right to travel freely.

"The authorities are very disappointed with the deserters - some did not even compete", Mr Molombe said.

The South African government has congratulated Team South Africa for flying the flag high at the current Commonwealth Games being held in Australia.The games, now in their seventh day, have seen South Africa collect nine gold medals along with six silver and six bronze medals in the teams' overall tally of 21 medals. They're still within their visas. They are here on a temporary activity visa and are free to travel around the country until it expires in early May.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton took the extraordinary step of warning athletes against trying to overstay their visas.

A further eight athletes from Cameroon have also disappeared from the event. In some cases athletes applied for asylum.

They were reported to be staying in Europe for economic reasons rather than returning home.



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