Commonwealth Games: Missing Cameroonian Athletes Rise To 8

Commonwealth Games: Missing Cameroonian Athletes Rise To 8

While it is not possible to verify the profiles belong to who they say they do, Games officials have been able to confirm one thing.

"When we got up in the morning, they were not there".

The missing athletes were part of a team that participated in a training camp in Warwick before arriving on the Gold Coast.

This is not the first time Cameroon athletes have been reported missing from an global event. The missing weightlifters are Olivier Heracies Matam Matam, Petite David Minkoumba, and Arcangeline Sonkbou Fouodji.

There were five boxers - Simplice Fotsala, Arsene Fokou Fosso, Christian Ndzie Tsoye, Ulrich Yombo and Christelle Ndiang.

"Nobody said anything, they did not give any condition, they just left", he said. "We have no idea where they are". Police in Oz, as well as state officials in Cameroon, have been officially notified.

"I think it is also important to remember that these athletes are guests here in Australia and are still within their visas and have the right to travel freely".

According to Seven News, the athletes' visa requirements expire on May 15, allowing them to spend another month legally in Australia.

Head of Cameroon's Commonwealth Games Team, Victor Agbor Nso in a statement explained that despite that the athletes were being closely monitored, three Cameroonian competitors were able to sneak away from the Games village on Sunday night.

"My opponent didn't show up at the weigh-in this morning", he posted on Instagram.

A member of the St John Bosco BC in west Belfast, the 22-year-old assured herself of a silver medal at least when she secured a unanimous points victory over New Zealand's Tasmyn Benny.

The accreditation to major multi-sports Games acts as a short-term visa to the host country and more than 100 athletes overstayed after the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

However, the situation has been deemed serious enough for Border Force to be contacted.

"That includes Cameroon and any other athletes".

He said 'It came as a complete surprise.

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

Scotland and Wales were both beaten in their final pool matches; the Thistles will now meet Barbados as they look to take ninth place while winless Wales will face Fiji, who also ended the group stage without a win, as they aim to avoid finishing is last place.

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