Commonwealth games 2018: Cameroonian athletes reported missing in Australia

Commonwealth games 2018: Cameroonian athletes reported missing in Australia

It is not the first time Cameroonian athletes have gone missing while competing in the West.

A further eight athletes from Cameroon have also disappeared from the event.

Budd, due to her British roots, went on to run at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics under Team Britain after South Africa was banned from the Olympics movement for its racial segregation policies.

Cameroon chef de mission Victor Agbo Nso said team officials had notified Australian police.

The athletes have been identified as boxers Fotsala Simplice, Fokou Arsene, Ndzie Tchoyi Christian, Yombo Ulrich and Ndiang Christelle, and weightlifters Matam Olivier Heracles, Minkoumba Petit David and Fouodji Sonkbou.

"These athletes are guests here in Australia at this time, they're still within their visas, they have the right to travel freely", he said.

It means Jombla and Mansaray failed to appear for either of their matches on the Gold Coast after skipping Tuesday's clash with Welsh pair Peter Creed and Joel Makin.

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.

"Nobody said anything, they did not give any condition, they just left", he said. Some athletes have gone missing.

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Games officials say the athletes have not yet officially breached their visas, which do not expire until May 15.

"These people and others that might have a similar objective need to hear this message very clearly - they aren't going to game the system", he said.

Uganda sent 69 athletes to the Games to participate in 11 disciplines. Fourteen of them were from Sierra Leone.

Officials said the athletes left in "three waves".

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

He said Cameroon plans to be in attendance at the closing ceremony on Sunday.

"It came as a complete surprise", he said.

"Although they have valid visas until mid-May. we are concerned because they haven't turned up for events when they are the reason they are here", he told Macquarie Media radio on Thursday.

"If they are thinking of doing anything other, I would encourage them not to do it".

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