Cameroon Athletes Disappear at Australia Commonwealth Games


Cameroon Athletes Disappear at Australia Commonwealth Games

Cameroon has been hit by another global scandal as eight athletes competing at the Commonwealth Games in Australia have gone missing ahead of the finale on Sunday.

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

"These athletes. were part of a team that had a training camp in Warwick before getting to (the) Gold Coast", he said in a statement.

He said 'It came as a complete surprise.

Earlier on Wednesday, Cameroon's Chef de Mission, Victor Agbor Nso, said five boxers and three weightlifters vanished from their rooms "in three waves".

Five boxers and three weightlifters have not been seen since Tuesday amid suspicions they have fled with no intention of returning to their conflict-riven homeland.

Cameroon brought 42 athletes to the Gold Coast Games.

Petit David Minkoumba of Cameroon celebrates after making a lift in the men's 94kg weightlifting final at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Police in Oz, as well as state officials in Cameroon, have been officially notified.

Weightlifter Olivier Matam and boxers Ndzie Tchoyi and Simplice Fotsala have not been found since they failed to take part in their respective competitions this week.

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

Cameroon said the group had valid Australian visas until 15th May. If there is a breach then Peter Dutton and his department will deal with it.

"I don't think they will be back", Cameroon's Molombe told CNN Sport, confirming their disappearance had been reported to Australian police.

While the Cameroonians have gone missing, the now retired Usain Bolt arrived on the Gold Coast on Wednesday for a rare look at an event as a spectator.

Seven athletes from Cameroon team were reported missing from the 2012 London Olympic Games. "There are mechanisms in place and they haven't breached their visas".

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



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