Gold Coast 2018: Eight Cameroonian Athletes Disappear In Australia

Gold Coast 2018: Eight Cameroonian Athletes Disappear In Australia

Commonwealth Games officials have revealed they are concerned about eight Cameroon athletes who have gone missing, NEWS.com.au reports.

Patrick Ogwel, the team manager and assistant secretary at the National Council of Sports told Xinhua that two weightlifters did not return to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games village on Wednesday.

"These athletes left in three waves - first in the night of April 8 three athletes departed from the village".

A spokesman for the Australian Border Force said the federal government was working closely with the Games organising committee and global stakeholders to ensure officials and athletes were aware of their visa responsibilities.

Five boxers, a swimmer and football player absconded from the Athletes' Village at the Games.

This comes days after eight Cameroonian athletes went missing at the games, raising concern from the organizers.

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

Cr Dobie said there was no indication they were unhappy and "they were great ambassadors for their country, there was no indication at any time that there was an issue with individuals".

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Nso said the rest of Team Cameroon - 34 in total, including basketballers and two other weightlifters - and their officials have already left Australia.

The Cameroon officials confirm the athletes have valid Australian visas until 15 May.

Three left the on Sunday night, two more the following day and then three more on Tuesday night.

"This happens at every games, it's no surprise. if there is a breach (of visa) Peter Dutton and his team will deal with it", Beattie said.

The safety and welfare of those athletes from the Team Cameroon perspective is being taken very, very seriously, but we are obviously monitoring that situation with Team Cameroon.

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

African athletes committing vanishing acts at the Australian Commonwealth Games have increased to 13, with five more from Uganda and Rwanda also disappearing.

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