Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Eight Cameroonian athletes go missing from Commonwealth Games

Eight Cameroonian athletes go missing from Commonwealth Games

"It's obviously disappointing that some athletes who have come to compete, didn't compete as scheduled", said Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg.

"I will also have a range of meetings whilst at the Games, including with the Australian Minister of Sport, Senator Hon Bridget McKenzie".

Commonwealth Games organising committee chairman Peter Beattie said they had worked hard with the Australian government on the entry system and he "encouraged" the 6,000 visiting athletes and officials not to breach the terms of their visas.

A sixth Cameroon athlete, Ulrich Rodrigue Yombo, was on Wednesday confirmed missing after he failed to appear at the weigh-in on Wednesday ahead of the quarter-final bout in the 81kg division.

"Australia must also be congratulated for their hugely successful event and they can be proud of the organisation and facilities they have delivered".

On top of that, 82 other athletes, coaches and Olympic delegates filed for asylum in the United Kingdom during the Games.

Eight Cameroonians - five boxers and three weightlifters - disappeared from the athletes village earlier in the week.

'If they don't want to be held in detention or locked up at the local watch house, they'd better jump on a plane before the 15th and comply with their visas conditions'.

"In the meantime, the other two weightlifters of the delegation, along with the basketball players and officials, have already left Australia and are presently airborne for Cameroon", he said.

Dutton had warned athletes that there were "penalties for those who do the wrong thing".

"They have taken action against two athletes, which we do not agree with at all. and we will appeal against the decision", they said.

"I'm sure the city, the state and the nation will do all we can to make sure they have a fabulous time".

"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.

"We are disappointed to hear that a total of eight athletes from the Cameroonian team left the Athletes' Village without notice", the CGF said in a statement.

"We share their concern regarding obviously the safety, welfare, whereabouts of these athletes".

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