Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Cameroon Athletes Have Gone Missing From The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Cameroon Athletes Have Gone Missing From The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

A Cameroon official has said the eight athletes who vanished from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games athletes' village may have been "seeking greener pastures".

Nso said the athletes were three weightlifters and five boxers, adding that they left the athletes' village in three waves over the past days.

Australian Border Force were searching for weightlifters Olivier Matam Matam, Arcangeline Fouodji and Petit David Minkoumba, and boxers Ndzie Tchoyi and Simplice Fotsala after they apparently fled.

Nso said the first three athletes left on Sunday night, with two others declared missing on Monday and a further three leaving the village on Tuesday night.

Mitch Larkin has said the comparison to Ian Thorpe after winning his fifth Gold Coast Commonwealth Games gold medal is phenomenal as his competitors praised is achievements.

'Their team-mates informed us they had left.

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

Mitchell threw 68.92 metres - smashing the Australian record she set in March and also the Games record.

The remaining Cameroon athletes have since been flown back to their country from the Gold Coast.

No one was available to comment at the Cameroon team on Wednesday.

The former sprinter said that the home-based athletes should be given more consideration in the area of financial remuneration.

Team Cameroon in an official statement on Wednesday confirmed six men and two women from the 40-strong team were missing.

However, Commonwealth Games Federation CEO, David Grevemberg, says the situation is disappointing but maintained that the athletes free to travel within the country until the expiration of their visas next month.

"I don't want to be too blase, but I don't get too excited about this because I know there is a system to deal with it".

Before the Games opened on April 4, Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton warned that athletes would be closely monitored to ensure they did not overstay their visas and that they returned home after competition ended.

Organising committee manager Peter Beattie urged the athletes to return and implored them not to disregard laws that are in place.

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